Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dealing with the devil

Bob Huggins, fired after entirely too long a run at Cincinnati where his teams were characterized by questionable recruiting and a long list of academic failings, is now going to be the new coach of Kansas State.

KSU is desperate for basketball credibility, something it has not had since Mitch Richmond took the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in 1988, where KSU lost to cross-state rival Kansas during the Danny Manning-led run to KU's last title. The Wildcats lost 31 straight games to the Jayhawks before clipping them earlier this year.

This is a dangerous situation. Huggins will make the team better and more competitive. He will not make the players into NBA stars or, more prosaically, KSU grads. And despite whatever else it has failed to achieve, KSU is generally a pretty clean program. They're playing with fire in Manhattan.

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