WVU Hoops Purge First Step In ‘Fixing It’

WVU Hoops Purge First Step In ‘Fixing It’


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — So much for Senior Night.

Esa Ahmad was the only senior on Bob Huggins’ roster this season and now he is gone, banished from the team along with junior Wesley Harris for “violating athletic department rules”.

And so ended in disgrace a college basketball career for that was born with high hopes.

Ahmad and Harris certainly dragged themselves down and the shame is that they seem to have dragged the entire team down with them.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins signals an out of bounds play, but he might well be commenting on the officiating

No one is saying what it was that forced the hand of the athletic department to sever its relationship with the two players but sources have verified it was neither a matter of academics nor anything such as getting into a fight or in trouble with the law.

Read into that what you will.

But think of the “Me, Too” movement that put the spotlight on sexual harassment in the business, entertainment and athletic industries and how there is also a “Me First” movement in athletics that has long been growing, where the individual has become in his own mind more important than the team.

The selfishness displayed throughout, from coaches jumping from one job to the next ahead of either the NCAA sheriff or an angry mob has grown into players who now transfer simply to benefit themselves without caring about the coach who gave them their chance or their teammates or schoolmates or fans.

This attitude started with free agency in the professional sports, which led to ridiculous salaries and to kingmakers of agents that reached the point the players would have more say into who was coaching the team than the general manager.

Throughout the college game, as well as the professional game, there are Svengalis who pull the strings on players, all too often looking to profit themselves no matter how it affects others.

When one looks at what happened here at West Virginia, with Sagaba Konate clearly listening to his family over doctors and coaches, with players such as Ahmad and Harris going off into some transgression of their own which led to suspensions and benchings, that would certainly seem to be at least a contributing factor to the inconsistency with which they played that hurt the team.

They were supposed to be the three starting front court players coming into the season, the main strength of the team that was supposed to carry it into the post-season.

But now the season has been devastated like a cardboard shack caught in the winds of a hurricane and all coach Bob Huggins can do is look forward.

“We will fix it,” he said Tuesday. “Maybe not this year, but we will fix it.”

All of a sudden the key to fixing it is Lamont West, now the veteran up front.

“We need to get Lamont West back to being the Lamont West we’ve all seen on occasion,” Huggins admits.

It also opens up playing time for other players.

“It gives us a chance to experiment with playing two bigs,” Huggins said. “In all likelihood we’ll do that next year.”

That would be talented freshman Derek Culver and the McDonald’s All-American recruit Oscar Tshiewbe, and potentially Konate, should he decide that his injured knee this season has hurt his NBA chances to the point that he needs another year of college basketball.

“It gives a kid like Emmitt Matthews a chance,” Huggins also noted, speaking of a freshman who hasn’t had a lot of playing time but who will the rest of the way.

Add Trey Doomes to that picture, too, and Huggins will get a far better picture of what he might have next season from what’s left of this.

There will be new players on the scene and Beetle Bolden, hopefully healthy, will return this year — and next — while WVU will add some much needed help at guard via Cincinnati recruit Miles McBride and some junior college signings.

There is ability there to rebuild quickly, especially if Konate and Bolden come back healthy, West rediscovers his shooting touch and players such Jordan McCabe, Brandon Knapper, Matthews, Doomes and Jermaine Haley mature.

It’s a lot to ask but removing the two players who were dismissed and a dose of preventive medicine may cast some sunshine on the gloomy picture that had been painted in Morgantown over this past season.

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      WVU Hoops Purge First Step In ‘Fixing It’ MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — So much for Senior Night. Esa Ahmad was the only senior on Bob Huggins’ roster t
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    #82771

    Bob is showing his old curmudgeonliness, and his reference to the me too movement doesn’t seem to fit at all, but selfishness and lack of team dynamic is a problem.

    #82777

    Perhaps instead of “me too” it should have just read “me” movement, which we’ve seen developing for years now.  We have now raised an entire generation on the premise of “me” trumping all other considerations.  Everyone gets a trophy.  If you are offended, someone else owns the problem – even if the other person genuinely had no idea that they had offended you.  If you fail at something, it is the system’s fault.  And so on and so on.  Quite frankly, we have raised a generation of fragile personalities that cannot take ownership of their problems.  I’m surprised we can still field the great military that we do with this crop of young people they have to choose from.

    #82781

    Perhaps instead of “me too” it should have just read “me” movement, which we’ve seen developing for years now. We have now raised an entire generation on the premise of “me” trumping all other considerations. Everyone gets a trophy. If you are offended, someone else owns the problem – even if the other person genuinely had no idea that they had offended you. If you fail at something, it is the system’s fault. And so on and so on. Quite frankly, we have raised a generation of fragile personalities that cannot take ownership of their problems. I’m surprised we can still field the great military that we do with this crop of young people they have to choose from.

    Don’t know what generation you are, but I’m an aging baby boomer.  The baby boomers didn’t exactly do a marvelous job with our time in power, which is happily coming gradually to an end.  We’re leaving subsequent generations to deal with climate change, staggering economic inequality, a national debt that is forecast to exceed GDP in about 10 years, crumbling infrastructure, grossly underfunded public schools, and a political system characterized by reality TV theatrics, xenophobia, suspicion, paranoia, and hate.  These kids are going to inherit a hell of a mess from my generation, and I have no idea how they are going to deal with it.  BTW I know a lot of millennials who are working two jobs (a few who work three) in an effort to “take ownership of their problems.”  You should perhaps turn off Fox News and do some serious reading.

    #82784

    Well Oldguyeer at least your generation fixed global warming.

    #82785

    “You should perhaps turn off Fox News and do some serious reading.”……….Mein Kampf?…..Communist Manifesto?

     

    #82820

    Perhaps instead of “me too” it should have just read “me” movement, which we’ve seen developing for years now. We have now raised an entire generation on the premise of “me” trumping all other considerations. Everyone gets a trophy. If you are offended, someone else owns the problem – even if the other person genuinely had no idea that they had offended you. If you fail at something, it is the system’s fault. And so on and so on. Quite frankly, we have raised a generation of fragile personalities that cannot take ownership of their problems. I’m surprised we can still field the great military that we do with this crop of young people they have to choose from.

    Don’t know what generation you are, but I’m an aging baby boomer. The baby boomers didn’t exactly do a marvelous job with our time in power, which is happily coming gradually to an end. We’re leaving subsequent generations to deal with climate change, staggering economic inequality, a national debt that is forecast to exceed GDP in about 10 years, crumbling infrastructure, grossly underfunded public schools, and a political system characterized by reality TV theatrics, xenophobia, suspicion, paranoia, and hate. These kids are going to inherit a hell of a mess from my generation, and I have no idea how they are going to deal with it. BTW I know a lot of millennials who are working two jobs (a few who work three) in an effort to “take ownership of their problems.” You should perhaps turn off Fox News and do some serious reading.

    Aging baby boomer myself.  I guess we just view the world through a different lens – but I will agree that we didn’t do much with our time in power, though I suspect our definitions of our failure would differ.  With that said, I was raised by two of the greatest generation, who were polar opposites politically and religiously.  In me, they produced a skeptical cynic – but made me horribly results oriented.  You would likely be shocked at how far I range in gathering my news, then I put it all together and separate the wheat from the chaff by discerning the results, which at the end of the day are all that matter.  Of course, there also you and I would likely disagree on how we defined positive and negative results.  But the biggest issue I see today is the fact that we’re being led to separate ourselves into identity groups (you can decide who drives that process) and we no longer see ALL of ourselves as being JUST Americans and ALL of us being in this damned boat together.  If all don’t pull together, then the boat goes nowhere.

    #82858

    Agree wholeheartedly, WVFaninMI (x2)!

    #82881

    Agree wholeheartedly, WVFaninMI (x2)!

    Perhaps instead of “me too” it should have just read “me” movement, which we’ve seen developing for years now. We have now raised an entire generation on the premise of “me” trumping all other considerations. Everyone gets a trophy. If you are offended, someone else owns the problem – even if the other person genuinely had no idea that they had offended you. If you fail at something, it is the system’s fault. And so on and so on. Quite frankly, we have raised a generation of fragile personalities that cannot take ownership of their problems. I’m surprised we can still field the great military that we do with this crop of young people they have to choose from.

    Don’t know what generation you are, but I’m an aging baby boomer. The baby boomers didn’t exactly do a marvelous job with our time in power, which is happily coming gradually to an end. We’re leaving subsequent generations to deal with climate change, staggering economic inequality, a national debt that is forecast to exceed GDP in about 10 years, crumbling infrastructure, grossly underfunded public schools, and a political system characterized by reality TV theatrics, xenophobia, suspicion, paranoia, and hate. These kids are going to inherit a hell of a mess from my generation, and I have no idea how they are going to deal with it. BTW I know a lot of millennials who are working two jobs (a few who work three) in an effort to “take ownership of their problems.” You should perhaps turn off Fox News and do some serious reading.

    Aging baby boomer myself. I guess we just view the world through a different lens – but I will agree that we didn’t do much with our time in power, though I suspect our definitions of our failure would differ. With that said, I was raised by two of the greatest generation, who were polar opposites politically and religiously. In me, they produced a skeptical cynic – but made me horribly results oriented. You would likely be shocked at how far I range in gathering my news, then I put it all together and separate the wheat from the chaff by discerning the results, which at the end of the day are all that matter. Of course, there also you and I would likely disagree on how we defined positive and negative results. But the biggest issue I see today is the fact that we’re being led to separate ourselves into identity groups (you can decide who drives that process) and we no longer see ALL of ourselves as being JUST Americans and ALL of us being in this damned boat together. If all don’t pull together, then the boat goes nowhere.

    Well done WvfaninMi!

    #82893

    This discussion jumped the tracks to politics and religion. Let’s keep it on sports here.

    #82907

    I was thinking about contributing to the conversation but had the same thought the ccteam had so I agree with him while holding my personal thoughts at bay.

    #82912

    My apologies for causing the drift in subject.

    #82917

    I don’t think Bob was trying to make a political statement here – more of just using a big of wordplay to highlight the “me, too” selfishness that he saw in some of the players.

     

    #82977

    Kids that grow up in a culture that says “look at me”, “I’m gonna get ‘my’ money”, and watching videos that keep saying it’s all about me just don’t have the same sense of being grounded that those of us older generation grew up in.  Most of us were taught that we had to work hard to get “ours”.   Now it’s a generation of you owe it to me.  I’m going to do it my way and don’t care what the rest of you do.  It’s a lot of those family values that have just gone out the window.

    Sad to say, It’s our fault for letting these kids grow up this way.  It’s our fault for not setting the example.

    #82995

    As a person at the middle to end of the baby boomer era myself. There were no social media or wireless forms of communication. I myself realize there is an entire generation that has no idea how to function without social media, texting or having a cell phone. It’s all they know. Butlereer is correct it is our fault. It’s a generation of you owe me. I’m going to do it my way and don’t care what the rest of you do. Social media shows off those things of what they think they are with no thought of hurting someone or others. This is getting worse every year. It’s a lot of those family values that have just gone out the window.

    There is nothing wrong with them wanting to be the superstar athlete of their time but they forget there comes hard work, attitude and the will to get better from day to day. They don’t understand it takes more than just saying it. To be the one you need to work with many. It’s a process that takes time.

    #83002

    JAL

    Never thought is was academics, that would have come up right after the 1st semester.  What hit me was two players getting dismissed at the sane time which indicates they did something together, like skipping practice.  The less we know the more we speculate.

    #83015

    I don’t think Bob was trying to make a political statement here – more of just using a big of wordplay to highlight the “me, too” selfishness that he saw in some of the players.

    I think so too. I took it as an analogy, nothing more, nothing less–and a good analogy, particularly with what has permeated our society as a whole, which cannot be ignored–and SHOULD be talked about instead of covering it up…so call it a “Freudian slip” or whatever, and be done with it.

    I think this was one of Bob’s best pieces. And he’s had some good ones, despite some of the attacks on his articles I’ve witnessed over the years.

    #83072

    Perhaps instead of “me too” it should have just read “me” movement, which we’ve seen developing for years now. We have now raised an entire generation on the premise of “me” trumping all other considerations. Everyone gets a trophy. If you are offended, someone else owns the problem – even if the other person genuinely had no idea that they had offended you. If you fail at something, it is the system’s fault. And so on and so on. Quite frankly, we have raised a generation of fragile personalities that cannot take ownership of their problems. I’m surprised we can still field the great military that we do with this crop of young people they have to choose from.

    Don’t know what generation you are, but I’m an aging baby boomer. The baby boomers didn’t exactly do a marvelous job with our time in power, which is happily coming gradually to an end. We’re leaving subsequent generations to deal with climate change, staggering economic inequality, a national debt that is forecast to exceed GDP in about 10 years, crumbling infrastructure, grossly underfunded public schools, and a political system characterized by reality TV theatrics, xenophobia, suspicion, paranoia, and hate. These kids are going to inherit a hell of a mess from my generation, and I have no idea how they are going to deal with it. BTW I know a lot of millennials who are working two jobs (a few who work three) in an effort to “take ownership of their problems.” You should perhaps turn off Fox News and do some serious reading.

    If I want political BS I’ll go to the politics page.

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