Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is finding himself facing that question this week and not everyone is satisfied with his answer. After learning of assault allegations against one of his assistants, Joe Tumpkin, MacIntyre still put him in a play-calling role for the Alamo Bowl.
After a damning Sports Illustrated report last week, MacIntyre finally broke his silence Friday with a statement explaining his decision-making process but notably absent an apology. Tumpkin has since been fired, but to say the conclusion has been satisfactory wouldn't be true, according to this editorial from the Boulder Daily Camera (admittedly published before MacIntyre's statement):
We understand there is an ongoing criminal case, but that case now relates to domestic violence charges against a former CU employee. We understand covering your behind legally. But we think the university and the state's highest-paid public employee have a moral obligation to own up to what happened here.
Football coaches are forever lecturing players and fans about character and accountability. We are waiting for CU's coach to show a little of either.
• From a little bit earlier in the week, College Hotline had the skinny on how the SEC's revenue gap ahead of the Pac-12 is growing and growing and growing …
• Interesting column from Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg on how UCLA switched Lonzo Ball onto Dillon Brooks, and that made all the difference in the Bruins' furious comeback against Oregon.
• Arizona State football has a lot of coaching staff holes to fill, particularly now that the offensive line coach has been hired away at Oklahoma State after a whole month on the job.
• More athletes behaving badly or at least silly: Injured Washington center Malik Dime reportedly slapped a few Colorado students who were being rowdy. Lorenzo Romar said he'd "look into it."
APROPOS OF NOTHING • Because some of you are crazy people who can't help but look deep into the future for positive recruiting news, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard did an in-depth look about what it's like to be Nico Mannion, a 15-year-old wunderkind who has the basketball community's attention thanks to the power of Instagram. He's the son of former Ute Pace Mannion, giving Utah fans some faint hope that they can contend with Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and the other heavyweights that will undoubtedly be after him in a few years.
There's a lot of great moments captured in this story. Here's one of them:
In Nico's case, college coaches can't directly recruit him until the June after his sophomore year, at which point they're free to deluge him. Pace plans on getting a dedicated cellphone for Nico to use for "an hour or two hours a daythat's it." Until then, however, recruiters can call Wilde or Silver anytime they want, and those two can in turn put Nico on the phone. They can also mail letters, a stack of which Nico keeps in a shoebox. Many are bizarrely written, on account of the myriad NCAA regulations governing recruiting. "Hope you're doing well," one reads. "Here is some info on Utah. It's all we can legally send you right now. We're very excited about you and looking forward to seeing you on campus soon. Go Utes."