Ron Cook: Time for college coaches to 'shut up and adjust'

Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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This was almost a year ago, a time when the transfer portal and name, image and likeness deals were just gaining traction in college athletics.

"Coaches have got to stop complaining," Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said.

"This is the world we're in and, last time I checked, we make pretty good money. So everybody should shut up and adjust."

I thought about Brey and his wise words Sunday when I heard Syracuse's Jim Boeheim had whined about how some of his ACC competitors had put college basketball in "an awful place ...

"Pittsburgh bought a team," Boeheim told ESPN. "OK, fine. My [big donor] talks about it, but he doesn't give anyone any money. Nothing. Not one guy. Our guys make like $20,000. Wake Forest bought a team. Miami bought a team ...

"It's like, 'Really, this is where we are?' That's really where we are, and it's only going to get worse."


Has Boeheim become a pathetic, pitiable figure or what?

I don't care if Boeheim does backtrack from his comments.

Boeheim still is pathetic and pitiable.

Certainly, Boeheim is a hypocrite of the highest order. His Syracuse program has been reprimanded not once, but twice by the NCAA. In March 2015, Syracuse lost 12 scholarships and was forced to vacate 101 wins as the result of a multi-year investigation into its rules violations. Boeheim was suspended for nine games in the 2015-16 season.


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