View Full Version : Chaney's pros far outweighed cons

03-15-2006, 01:05 PM
John Chaney will have to live with that moment of misguided rage, just like Woody Hayes had to live with his punch. One year later, nobody forgets that Chaney degraded one of his student-athletes by giving him an assignment not covered in the Temple mission statement, then rewarding that student-athlete by calling him a "goon."

Chaney was only seeking his pound of flesh, and he got more than he bargained for with John Bryant's busted arm and the unforgiving truth that he'll take the young man's pain to the grave. But on the day of his retirement, with his eyes spilling over behind dark shades, Chaney also knew he would take to the grave a lifetime of helping kids who came from places where help was always in short supply.

"They want to bounce the ball and dribble the ball," Chaney said Monday, "but I talked about things that are going to stay with them the rest of their lives."

So his pros outweighed his cons, by a landslide. He weathered the racism of his day, as a player and young coach, then set a standard that inspired university administrators to grow color blind in their pursuit of winning records and sold-out gyms.

At a time when major college football coaches remain as white as the stripes lining their fields, Division I basketball has become a rainbow coalition of rich and famous men, a model for diversity that serves the bottom line.