Coaches shouldn't use absolutes. College hoops just isn't a place where permanence applies.
When Dana Altman accepted, then backed out of the Arkansas job in 2007, he returned to Creighton claiming that "ego and money" caused him to jump at another job, but ultimately decided he couldn't leave Omaha.
"This is home," Altman said then. "This is where I will finish my coaching career. That's pretty obvious now."
Three years later, as Altman prepares to be announced as Oregon's new coach, that quote doesn't look so hot. And it's not sitting so well with the Blue Jays he left behind. This story from the Omaha World-Herald details a locker room that's both miffed and sad:
"After (Arkansas), he was going to be here for a good while," Antoine Young told the paper. "Apparently not, huh?"
Young said he was disappointed and hurt.
"Especially when he's my coach, I'm his point guard. That relationship is supposed to be, you know, it's a strong bond. ... He's almost like a family member.
"I had a nice freshman year with him. We've known each other so long. We went through some struggles together this year. But at the end of the year, we were making strides, I thought."
It's not that Altman was wrong to take the Oregon job. He'll get paid nearly $2 million a year and will have a chance to build a program that features a sparkling new facility, more recruiting money and doesn't cope with the roadblocks a Missouri Valley school has.
But this time, leave out the absolute. It'll be easier on everyone.
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