Thursday, March 10, 2005

It Looked Like Keady's Hemorrhoids Were Acting Up

This obviously wasn’t what Purdue coach Gene Keady had in mind.

The poor guy came to the Big Ten basketball tournament in Chicago hoping to stay through Sunday.

But whenever the TV cameras zeroed in on him today while he was sitting on the bench, he looked like his hemorrhoids were bothering him.

And, obviously, there wasn’t enough Preparation H in the building to ease Keady’s pain.

He belonged back home in West Lafayette, Ind.


So Iowa’s game against the Boilermakers—a 71-52 Hawkeye victory--turned into the Gene Keady Swan Song.

It was an embarrassment for the man with the perpetual scowl who put in 25 seasons with the Boilermakers.

A few days earlier, he joked that maybe he’d have to go to Chicago in an empty bus.

It turned out he should have. His players might as well have stayed home.


Keady drew some laughs in the postgame press conference that was carried on the Iowa radio network.

He was talking about injuries to his players.

Why did we have so many injuries?” he asked. “We’re going to investigate the floor—our floor. I’m serious about that.”

When Keady heard some chuckles from reporters after saying those words, he abruptly switched gears.

It could be my bad coaching,” he added. “You can’t blame it on the floor.”

More chuckles followed.

It was that kind of day.


It was like pulling teeth to get Keady to stand still long enough for ESPN’s sideline reporter to talk with him after the game.

“I guess one thing good about losing is that you’re so mad you don’t get emotionally involved,” Keady told the reporter.

“It’s been a long season. The kids never gave up, and I’m proud of that. It was a tremendous run for Pat [his wife] and I and Purdue. Thank you for asking.”

The reporter kept pulling Keady back to the microphone.

“For 25 years, this university has been a part of your family. What will you miss the most?” the reporter asked.

“The kids, teaching, practice, competition, the arenas,” Keady said.

“What will Gene Keady do next?” the reporter asked.

“Whatever my wife tells me,” he answered.


ESPN announcers Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin kept trying to convince viewers that Keady and Iowa’s Steve Alford are comparable to John Wooden and Al McGuire in terms of coaching ability.

Musburger started the afternoon by saying he wasn’t buying any talk that Alford is on a coaching hot-seat.

When the Hawkeyes began raining in one three-point basket after another, Musburger quickly had them in the NCAA tournament.

We’ll see.

They’ll take a 20-10 record into tomorrow’s game against Michigan State.

They’ll need to win that one to get any serious consideration for the NCAA.


One team that’s definitely going to the Big Dance, in my opinion, is Iowa State, which rolled past Baylor, 77-57, in the Big 12 tournament.

Look for the Cyclones to get there regardless of what they do in their next game against Texas Tech.

No way was Iowa State going to be upset today. The Cyclones soared to 17-0 and 21-1 leads against a Baylor team that finished its season with a 9-19 record.

Rashon Clark, who scored 19 points against Baylor earlier in the season, had a career-high 20 today.

“For whatever reason, he really plays well against Baylor,” coach Wayne Morgan said on his postgame radio show.


“We have all the respect in the world for Coach Knight and his program,” Morgan said. “We know he’s one of the all-time great coaches.”

Vol. 4, No. 318
March 10, 2005