By JIM METCALFE
I liked how two legendary college basketball coaches handled recent failures in last weekend’s NCAA Men’s March Madness.
Duke’s Coach K (cause no one can spell Krzyzewski without looking it up!) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams handled their losses with class.
Coach K went into the locker room to congratulate Mercer for how well it played during that second-round contest.
I may not be a Duke fan but everyone should appreciate class when they see it.
After the Tar Heels’ “controversial” — I think the referees got it right, even though I had UNC making it to the Elite 8 in my bracket (darn it!) — loss to Iowa State because of a snafu with the clock in the last two seconds, Williams simply accepted the explanation by the referees, congratulated “The Mayor”, Fred Hoiberg, and refused to blame the officials in the post-game press conference.
There have been some that weren’t as gracious in their assessment, though they weren’t vicious at all. Mostly, it was mild; quite frankly, it was a not-very-controversial controversy after all.
Sportsmanship is not dead!