Tonight's Pac-10 tourney game shed more light on Tim Floyd's coaching m.o. Ignoring the game, which SC had to win and Cal did not, yet SC squandered all of a 15-point halftime lead before winning at the end, what the game reveals most importantly is character traits.
Leonard Washington (see multiple LA Times writeups) skipped class last week. Punishment? He had to run some extra laps. (A good trade for him, as class probably was an hour or more and laps much less, and perhaps equally educational to him.)
He learned his lesson? Uh, no. This week he skipped a tutoring session. (With Senora Ross?) Punishment? He had to miss a practice. (Freeing up some more time for him.)
But did this repeat offender miss a single game? Of course not, because if SC lost to Cal tonight, they'd have had to go to the NIT despite being a ranked team in the preseason. I remember being at a game at Pauley when Wicks and Rowe sat for the entire first half, because they had, not missed a class, but shown up late for a team meal. Coach wouldn't let that go without consequences; what would he have done if they had snubbed academic responsibilities twice? But then as Coach says, crisis reveals character. We see that once again at University of Study Circumvention, where athletics rules and where academics are Second Choice.