In what is becoming a daily tradition here at MSF, we link you over to Sports By Brooks for an uplifting story (finally) about college basketball. This one involves a guy with (no surprise) Midwest roots: Kevin Stallings, currently the head coach at Vanderbilt:
Vanderbilt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings had been planning a 10-day trip for his basketball team to Australia for well over a year when he learned that school-wide budget cuts threatened to nix the trip. So what did Stallings do? He decided to decline the $100,000 raise he was owed by the school in order to pay for the journey.
To juxtapose one of my favorite lines from Dumb & Dumber: Just when you think integrity is completely gone from college basketball, someone goes and does something like this…and TOTALLY redeems the much-maligned sport.
Okay, not totally (Rick Pitino and John Calipari), but still.
Kudos to Kevin Stallings. Perhaps this will spur more college coaches—like the ones dropping deuces in brand new $70,000 bathrooms—to actually show their players what leadership and sacrifice is all about.