Kudos to Vanderbilt Head Basketball Coach Kevin Stallings

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst IAugust 26, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 12: Head Coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores Kevin Stallings watches his team during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena January 12, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 79-73 in double overtime. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.