Oregon State coach Craig Robinson left a lucrative career as an investment banker on Wall Street to become a basketball coach, and he told me in April about his curiosity to see if his philosophies would work.
"Do I have to change the way that I have to be to get to the Final Four?" Robinson wondered.
In an interview published today by Beyond The Beat, the brother-in-law to President Obama appeared less upbeat about the state of college coaching in his answer to what drives him crazy as a head coach.
"What I don't like about this job is the hypocrisy," Robinson finally confessed.
"When I left corporate America, I was sure I wouldn't run into an 'old boys network' or an unethical industry that was worse than what I was leaving. And right now -- right now -- people don't like or trust college basketball coaches," Robinson explained, with NCAA violations handed down in recent years to the likes of the University of South Florida, University of Memphis, Indiana University and even Pac-10 foe, Cal just to name a few.
"That is the part of the job that I hate, because we should all be in it for these guys [the players]. And if we are in it for these guys, we are doing in the right way. We are an example for these guys."
So count Robinson as one coach who's down on the image of the college basketball coach, and he certainly isn't alone in his sobering take.
As Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany told USA Today in August,"There is a loss of confidence among many coaches that the rules are being complied with. The best way I can describe it is a sense of cynicism."