First off, let’s all agree on one thing: That “scathing” report Sports Illustrated released on Wednesday about UCLA basketball really wasn’t that scathing at all.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, well, on Tuesday word broke that SI’s George Dohrmann- who’d previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose on Minnesota basketball nearly 15 years ago- was said to be working on a monster story that was set to take down UCLA basketball.
Like your favorite episode of The Sopranos, this report was supposed to have it all: Drug-abuse, in-fighting, players out of control, and if you read the tea leaves correctly, hints of enough violations to cause an NCAA investigation. While details were sketchy at best, it sounded really bad, especially for UCLA fans. After all, it’s one thing to know you’ve got knuckleheads on your team, like UCLA’s had through the years. Heck, it’s another even to know that your guys might be breaking the law; as fans we’ve learned to live with tha