Trouble for USD coach

Updated on March 8, 2018 in Coach Chatter
11 on February 26, 2018

Arrested for 3 counts in SF….

https://www.10news.com/sports/usd-basketball-coach-lamont-smith-arrested-on-domestic-violence-charges

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0 on February 26, 2018

Awful all the way around. I hope that the victim is safe and recovering This is going to be a huge set-back for USD since, assuming this is confirmed, there’s no way his head coaching career survives this.

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2 on February 26, 2018

Adios Lamont…. not even sure a high school would touch him now.  He was always a weird duck to me.  In any event, assuming he’ll be fired shortly, USD has a few solid players.  Hopefully they see the light and head up north as SCU would take them in with open arms and they will be good to play right away.

on February 26, 2018

That is possible to transfer within the conference and be eligible right away?

I also thought it was up to the discretion of the school to allow the transfer within conf…

If it is, what would be the draw for them to come to SCU?  That would be my worry.  Unless it’s a big that can contribute right away…  That is what we need desperately.

on February 26, 2018

Actually I think it’s only been proposed at this point.  The NCAA hasn’t adopted the proposal yet, but I would suspect it’s coming (still, maybe not in time for this sort of thing).

Admittedly, I typed the previous comment with tongue in cheek… I don’t really think that any USD players would come to SCU, but it would be nice.

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0 on February 26, 2018

Seems like Lamont doesn’t play well in February….I was just reading where he was arrested last Feb 2017 on suspected domestic violence charges too (involving his wife).  I’m guessing she didn’t press charges and that’s why it was largely kept under wraps.  This makes USD look bad. 

They probably won’t do it as he’s on the staff under Lamont (and they will likely clear house), but they should hire Sam Scholl.  I think he’d make a pretty decent head coach.

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3 on February 26, 2018

Smith was an assistant under Herb Sendek at ASU from ’08-12, and prior to that, was an assistant under Keating at Santa Clara. So while he’s USD’s coach today, this easily could have fallen on us, had it happened earlier. 

Obviously, in a league that has steered clear of the FBI probe, and has largely rehabilitated its character in regard to USF’s huge scandal way back when, this is a horrible development.  The FBI thing and this instance are, of course, quite different, but still. It could have been a great time to point to our league as a place where things are done on the up and up. One of our member’s was a better Karnowski performance from a national title last year. I still largely think that’s true. But, as Warren Buffet says, “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it”. I don’t the WCC’s reputation is ruined, so to speak, but this is just horrible. 

Two points make a line, so to speak, and whether this guy is criminally guilty, he should not be leading young men, least of all at institution like USD. Let’s pray he gets the help he needs, as well as the other party, and this conduct ceases. It was, apparently, not his wife, which makes it even worse, I suppose.   

USD has a line of famed coaching alumni- Eric Musselman, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike Brown, David Fizdale. They have as many NBA head coach alumni as NCAA tournament appearances. Smith was headed in the right direction on the court, and USD had a chance to gain some attention in San Diego, as SDSU just suspended a player in response to the FBI thing. Now, that’s all dust. 

Slightly off topic but in the realm of horrid coaching conduct, have y’all seen what’s happening at Colorado State (local news to me)? It’s a massive trash fire, their coach has verbally abused players for years, but they let him off the hook after an investigation. Now’s he’s stopped winning, and he’s been on administrative leave for like 3 weeks. The AD has dirt on their hands, so to speak, because they knew he was a bad actor, but didn’t fire him. Now all parties look horrible. College Basketball in general has one huge and many small clouds hovering over it. 

As much as I admire SCU for keeping on the straight and narrow (dumping KK and football inflamed boosters, but it is all well above board), the whole system is harder and harder to enjoy. Look at UA’s football program…. in addition to basketball. Walking the dog or getting out on a local trout stream are far more appealing than any of this, it seems to me. 

on February 26, 2018

Don’t know how to edit… dumping KK should saying dumping DD… 

on February 27, 2018

Larry Eustachy is a trash human being. That’s not news to anyone in collegiate athletics. 

I’m not at all convinced that everyone in the WCC is clean. Maybe just happened to investigate the wrong guy to catch certain people. 

Sean Miller was only with Sendek a short time and IMO is much more the image of his father. Archie played for Herb and then coached on his staff and I think is much more influenced by Sendek — even though the Millers and Sendeks have known each other for years (and the McConnells, as in TJ). 

It’s an unfortunate fact of college sports that usually those who break the rules get rewarded for it, and the nice guys that play fair get punished. It would be nice to see that turn around for once.

on February 27, 2018

Ummm….Sean Miller coached under Sendek for 7 seasons, 2 at Miami, 5 at NC St…..that’s hardly a ‘short time’ particularly w/ the short shelf life of coaching.
I’m not trying to connect Sendek w/ Miller’s misdeeds, after all it’s been 15+ years since they last coached together. But let’s try to be at least somewhat objective and factual in these discussions.
Lastly, I do agree w/ your last paragraph…hard to know who the bad and good guys are. The game has never been entirely clean but seems the cesspool keeps getting larger and the NCAA seems inept at stopping it and/or really isn’t even trying given the cash cow that is hoops and football.

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0 on February 26, 2018

Yikes…terrible for all involved.

Been a bad week for the Sendek coaching tree….1st Sean Miller, now this….2 young coach’s who’s college careers are likely finished not to mention legal troubles.

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0 on March 8, 2018

Smith resigned

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2018/03/07/san-diego-coach-lamont-smith-resigns/405970002/

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