Everybody agrees that there is still racism in the United States today. The debate today is over just how much. A lot of black people typically think everything is racism, and a lot of white people don’t recognize racism unless there is a cross being burned. Sooo you have discussions like these…
It’s no secret Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has found himself in some hot water. In this particular article the writer tries to draw comparisons between the treatment of Bruce Pearl the face of scandal and the treatment of former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson in the face of similar allegations. He concludes Pearl’s treatment was favorable and it MUST be because he’s white.
I have gone on record about the poor treatment of minority coaches in the NCAA both basketball and football, but with all their problems I can’t imagine this being one of them. Allegations of racism in sports are hard to qualify because the situations are different from place to place. In order to compare fairly, the situations have to be similar. There are not enough similarities between Sampson and Pearls case to draw accurate conclusions.
For example: From what I understand, Sampson has had some type of scandal EVERYWHERE he had been. While Pearl has never been a saint in the eyes of the NCAA, he’s not a habitual offender.
Pearl also told on himself. You can argue why he did, but he did none the less.
Indiana didn’t punish Sampson nearly as much as they should have at first. They basically gave him a slap on the wrist. Whereas Tennessee gave Pearl a much more harsh punishment relatively, which makes a difference in the eyes of the NCAA.
And um NEWSFLASH: Indiana and Tennessee basketball are not the same. IU doesn’t have to put up with a coach who brings scandal. They can get a great coach whenever they want. Furthermore they have a much tighter leash for all their coaches after Bob Knight. Bruce Pearl is the second best thing ever to happen to UT basketball. (Pat Summit being the first obviously)
The article isn’t terrible but there is one egregious mistake the writer made. The NCAA investigation into Bruce Pearl is still under way. He may STILL get fired. These comparisons are hard enough to do without waiting for the dust to settle.
Oh one other thing… BRUCE PEARL IS JEWISH!!! (Not white)
Sound like some ole bullshit to me…