Memphis head basketball coach Josh Pastner has a really great excuse for why he committed a recruiting violation this past Tuesday night – it’s the wife’s fault.
One of the NCAA’s many unique rules in regards to recruiting high school basketball players notes that university coaches are not permitted to publicly discuss these kids in any way. This includes social media, interviews and so on and so forth. There is obviously some logic behind the restriction, but as is the case with most of this stuff, it addresses something totally minor all the while ignoring all of the truly shady means of recruiting that exist.
That’s a discussion for a different day, though. What matters now is that, currently, the rule exists. And this past Tuesday night, Memphis’ Pastner violated said rule when he tweeted Tony Parker, the name of a Class of 2012 youngster out of Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga. Almost immediately after realizing what he had done, Pastner deleted the tweet.
Unfortunately, as we know all too well by now, once a tweet is submitted – it’s officially out there. And so, despite the fact that he deleted the original tweet shortly after he made it, Pastner did something that the NCAA considers a minor violation.
On Wednesday, reporters were understandably curious about why Pastner tweeted the name out. His excuse:
"My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple's infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she's pregnant.
"So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, 'What's going on with recruiting?' and 'Who am I going to hire?' and I made a mistake."
Women, am I right?
His wife may have been upset with him that night, but she was probably really happy about him throwing her under the bus one day later. Logical follow-up question: coach, how comfortable is your couch?
Frankly, the “it was my wife’s fault” excuse has a lot of promise. It can work in any situation, really.
Q: Hey, Bobby Petrino – why did you and your mistress get into that motorcycle accident?
A: Well, my wife yelling at me and..
On second thought, maybe not.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the find)