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Quote of the week

... or the year, perhaps.

It comes from a Washington Post piece by Leonard Shapiro on the issue that won't be discussed much at the Final Four this weekend, aka the cesspool that is college hoops recruiting. As an example, Shapiro used the firing of St. John's coach Norm Roberts, an apparently honorable man whose crime was not winning enough ... and also being apparently a little too honorable.

Or so says Kenny Wilcox, a junior college coach in Brooklyn, who says Roberts was "naive" in thinking he could get top players without being a sleazebag.

"If you know the business, there are certain schools that are getting certain types of players and certain schools that aren't," he said in a New York Times piece quoted by Shapiro. "At St. John's, they're not getting certain types of players because they're doing things the right way."

So, in other words, doing things the right way is what losers do. Winners, presumably, cheat their behinds off.

Which might or might not explain Kentucky coach John Calipari -- who got not one but two programs put on probation, and somehow still landed one of the plum jobs in college hoops.

Ben Smith's blog.