It's a tenuous time to be in charge of a program that is expected to be good but can't quite get a handle on how far it should go to be championship-level good. Ben Howland found out the hard way at UCLA.
In the coming weeks, we'll be treated to an endless stream of paeans to all the remarkable qualities of the men in charge. The truth is, coaches have a fun, challenging and highly compensated desk job.
In ESPN The Magazine's One Day One Game issue, Tim Keown writes that in a season so unpredictable that the weekly Top-10 rankings have been knocked around like pool balls, coach John Beilein's game plan remains the same: You can never be too prepared.
The system is fraudulent, and Mick Cronin is a fraudulent product of the fraudulent system. He's not a fraud because he backed down; he's a fraud because he never had the ability to stand up in the first place.
Somewhere along the way, the system failed DeMarcus Cousins. It could have been in high school, or even before, but it's clear his physical prowess gave him license to remain immature and occasionally out of control.