Jan 21, 2015
Pitino removes Montrezl Harrell’s captain status

Rick Pitino isn’t afraid to make difficult decisions, and perhaps that’s why he’s among the best.

The Louisville coach recently removed the captain status from junior Montrezl Harrell, one of the team’s most productive players averaging 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. No reason was given, and Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal that it’s “absolutely no big deal, but it’s hard to imagine a decision like this being made without reason.

Harrell was suspended for one game earlier this season after throwing a punch during a game against Western Kentucky, but recently nothing has come to light hinting at why this would happen.

I’ve always respected Pitino and the way he coaches. If you recall, earlier this season he benched sophomore guard Chris Jones because he flopped in a game against Kentucky.

Here is what Pitino had to say of that decision, according to WDRB in Louisville:

“I didn’t start Chris, not because of his shooting percentages, I didn’t start him because of the flop issue, Pitino said after Louisville beat Long Beach State 63-48. I was very upset at that. We don’t do that type of thing. And then to fake it with the jaw like you got hit. You can’t fake it. In junior college you do it. But you can’t fake it. It’s on TV. You can’t fake those things. So I told him, you’re not playing because of that. That’s something Louisville guys don’t do. But he was the best cheerleader on the bench and he did a great job with the guys.”

Flopping, it seems, becomes more of a problem each season, and it was refreshing to see a coach stand up to it.

That brings me back to the decision with Harrell. He could be right, and removing Harrell’s captain status was little more than a blip on the radar, but it seems like an awfully big decision to make without cause. Captain status is a great source of pride for student-athletes, and losing that would certainly get their attention. Was that his goal?

Coaches have great insight into this issue, given the variety of strategies they use for naming captains within their own programs. If you have thoughts, leave them in the comments section below or send us an email at [email protected]

Photo: Adam Glanzman (Flickr: PressDay20034 copy) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pitino removes Montrezl Harrell’s captain status

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Rick Pitino isn’t afraid to make difficult decisions, and perhaps that’s why he’s among the best.

The Louisville coach recently removed the captain status from junior Montrezl Harrell, one of the team’s most productive players averaging 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. No reason was given, and Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal that it’s “absolutely no big deal, but it’s hard to imagine a decision like this being made without reason.

Harrell was suspended for one game earlier this season after throwing a punch during a game against Western Kentucky, but recently nothing has come to light hinting at why this would happen.

I’ve always respected Pitino and the way he coaches. If you recall, earlier this season he benched sophomore guard Chris Jones because he flopped in a game against Kentucky.

Here is what Pitino had to say of that decision, according to WDRB in Louisville :

I didn’t start Chris, not because of his shooting percentages, I didn’t start him because of the flop issue, Pitino said after Louisville beat Long Beach State 63-48. I was very upset at that. We don’t do that type of thing. And then to fake it with the jaw like you got hit. You can’t fake it. In junior college you do it. But you can’t fake it. It’s on TV. You can’t fake those things. So I told him, you’re not playing because of that. That’s something Louisville guys don’t do. But he was the best cheerleader on the bench and he did a great job with the guys.”

Flopping, it seems, becomes more of a problem each season, and it was refreshing to see a coach stand up to it.

That brings me back to the decision with Harrell. He could be right, and removing Harrell’s captain status was little more than a blip on the radar, but it seems like an awfully big decision to make without cause. Captain status is a great source of pride for student-athletes, and losing that would certainly get their attention. Was that his goal?

Coaches have great insight into this issue, given the variety of strategies they use for naming captains within their own programs. If you have thoughts, leave them in the comments section below or send us an email at [email protected]

Photo: Adam Glanzman (Flickr: PressDay20034 copy) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons






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