Dec. 15, 2005
I offer a salute to the NCAA for its decision to reduce the suspension of Kentucky's Randolph Morris to 14 games. I toast the organization because it was fair and up front.
Once offered further information that defended Morris, the NCAA re-evaluated the situation and made a fair change.
This was not an easy situation for the NCAA, the University of Kentucky, coach Tubby Smith and Morris.
The reduction of the suspension is a win-win for all parties. The NCAA did not procrastinate and now Morris will be able to play most of the team's conference games.
Santa Claus came early to Lexington. Kentucky's basketball program and coach Smith received a real gift. It is a dream to get a 6-11 player eligible when it looked like he was going to miss the entire season.
The Wildcats have had problems with their frontline play early in the season. Morris' return is a major plus.
Hopefully he will take advantage of this situation. I believe he learned a lot from this. I hope he busts his gut to succeed at Kentucky this season and in the future.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.