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Final Four: Cinderellas and Cheats

This year we have the opportunity to see the best and the worst of college basketball in the Final Four.

Representing Good, we have Butler and Virginia Commonwealth, the mid-majors whose programs bear no taints, who don't stuff their rosters with 1-and-dones, and who don't get constantly hyped by Dick Vitale.

Representing Bad, we have Connecticut and Kentucky.  UCon (deliberate acronym) is coached by Jim Calhoun, who was this very season denounced by the NCAA for his program's violations.  Calhoun, who believes "the buck stops there," has accepted no responsibility and pawns off all wrongdoing as the workings of his assistant coaches (who, by the way, he hired and supervises).

UCon has nothing on Kentucky, however, which has an unmatched history of misbehavior (from segregation and bigotry by Adolph Rupp, through money-in-the-mail under Eddie Sutton and Dwayne Casey, just to pick a couple). UK intentionally hired John Calipari, who is the only coach (active or otherwise) to get 2 different colleges' Final Four participation vacated for serious violations (UMass and Memphis).  Coach Cal is working on the famed Tarkanian "3-cheat" (the Shark managed to put 3 different programs on NCAA sanctioning).

I think we know which folks to root for.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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