Do any of us, when reading the articles being written about how one and done is ruining the world as we know it, ever stop and say to ourselves "Wow, it's amazing just how street-rat-crazy our society has become!"?
I'm seeing some out there who are apologists, pointing their fingers at everything and everyone but the cheaters. The cheaters are being represented in some quarters as being products of their times, under enormous pressure and victimized by a system that rewards greed and cheating. Call me crazy, but isn't that the same tone used by apologists for inner city drug gangs, apologists for Auschwitzt guards, apologists for ante-bellum slave holders, and apologists for the bushido code?
It boils down to the character of the individuals involved. If Derrick Rose did indeed cheat, does anyone really want him? The sad truth is "yes", and the inevitable and equally sad coda to that truth is that he knows it.
Are there any more Ralph Beards out there, who possess the character to man up and take the consequences? It seems doubtful, and that sort of character is unlikely to be emergent with so many apologists out there carrying the "Product of their times" card.
Derrick, if you cheated, man up about it. Don't let the University of Memphis take the blame for your lack of character.
NCAA, if you were incompetent in vetting Derrick's academics, man up about it. Don't lay the blame on the University of Memphis.
Memphis, if you knew Derrick cheated, man up about it. Don't throw your hands in the air and look dumb. Sure that tactic works, but is that who you really want to be?