CHICAGO (CBS) — Like 70 million other people, I sure was into March Madness, glued to the TV. There was so much to see – the skill and excitement, and so much at stake, so much emotion.
The pressure, and the tension in the faces of the coaches. John Calipari of Kentucky, his eyes on fire. He’s on fire; can’t stand it when his players make mistakes. He’s furious. He’s lashing out.
Coach Calipari had a $150,000 personal bonus riding on his team in the Final Four, a $350,000 personal bonus riding on the NCAA Championship game, in addition to the $8 million he’s being paid each year in salary and endorsements.
Maybe that’s why coaches fly around on TV, spitting, and screaming, and picking on their players, shaming and embarrassing those kids.
What I missed on TV – and of course will never see – is a coach being embarrassed for mistreating the kids.