Frank Haith's reported departure from Missouri for T-T-T-ulsa(?) on Thursday is even more bizarre than Cuonzo Martin's departure from Tennessee for California on Tuesday.
In fact, it would be difficult to believe if it didn't perpetuate a trend that should deeply concern Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. African-American coaches keep leaving his league for lesser jobs.
Haith and Martin are merely the latest to do so. Two years earlier, Trent Johnson jarringly jumped ship at LSU for TCU, a basketball sinkhole where he has won two out of 36 Big 12 games. And in 2007, Tubby Smith started the trend by leaving blueblood Kentucky for mediocre Minnesota.
I can't think of another conference that had four coaches make such surprising lateral-to-downward moves within the last seven years. Or within any seven-year period.
The fact that all of them are black could be a Southeastern coincidence more than a reflection on the Southeastern Conference. But it also raises questions – andRead More »from Frank Haith merely the latest African-American coach to leave SEC for lesser job