But whatever quibbles one might have with Pierce's article, the whole thesis is incorrect. How can anyone be named the sleaziest coach in college hoops in a world where Bob Huggins exists? A string of DUIs, no control over players, and, worst of all, shockingly low graduation rates.
As for academics, 27 of 95 Huggins' players graduated from Cincinnati or another university in his 16 years. That’s a 28% graduation rate overall, including those students who transferred. Huggins also had four seasons where the NCAA reported the Cincinnati men’s basketball graduation rate to be zero. Even at the time Huggins was forced to resign, again according to university officials, one of his players had been maintaining a 0.0 GPA, and another would have had a 0.0 if not for two incompletes.
Huggins has a long track record of picking kids up and spitting them out when the season is over. They are ballplayers, and that is it- winning is the only thing. Of course the kids are complicit in this- but they are kids. Huggins takes no responsibility. Contrast him with the often (and often justifiably) reviled Bobby Knight, who, for all his temper, made goddamn sure his kids went to class.
All college sports has this level. Even in the pristine small schools that sportswriters love the jocks get a lot of breaks. But Huggins takes it to another level, with no regard for the young men put in his charge. It is hoops at its worst.
Also, with his track suits and hair, the guy gives the air of a low-level Eastern-European gangster thug.
By the way, this blog is pulling for Butler. I went there, and follow them with more enthusiasm than I think it appropriate.