ATLANTA Hard to watch.
I had to turn away.
You have heard phrases like these over and over in college basketball over the past week in regard to two very different videos.
One was a horrific injury Louisvilles Kevin Ware and his broken leg. The other was horrific for different reasons Rutgers coach Mike Rice verbally and physically assaulting his players in practice. Throwing basketballs at them. Shoving them. Cursing at them. Rice was correctly fired this week once the video was made public, and more firings seem inevitable in the fallout.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Thursday of the Rice video: I watched 10 seconds of the video. I couldnt watch it, honestly. I couldnt watch anymore.
I felt the same way about Wares injury. I watched it a couple of times on the DVR, and then I felt sort of sick and didnt want to watch it again.
I asked some of my followers on Twitter (@Scott_Fowler) which video they purposely shied away from, and the overwhelming majority said that Wares injury was the one that disturbed them more.
Interesting, isnt it? Wares injury while cosmetically awful should heal just fine. Far more long-term damage was done to more people by Rices actions. Yet I would agree. The Ware video is the one I dont ever want to see again.
• Although Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall is by far the best-known former Winthrop basketball coach to make this Final Four, hes not the only one. Jeff Meyer was an assistant during the early years of Marshalls nine-year tenure at Winthrop. Now Meyer who also made headlines earlier this year when Indiana coach Tom Crean verbally confronted him after a game is an assistant coach for Michigans John Beilein.
• Marshall will be inducted into Winthrops athletics hall of fame on April 27 along with several others, including retiring Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio. Tickets for the reception and induction dinner that night are $25 and available by calling the school at 803-323-2129 (ext. 6218).
• Louisville coach Rick Pitino said his two standout guards, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, once had a chin-up contest. Siva did 38. Smith wearing extra weights on his neck insisted upon by Siva because Smith is lighter did 39.
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