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Writer: UK Should Steer Clear Of Woods

On Friday we told you that Kentucky is one potential landing spot for former Wake Forest center Tony Woods.  The ex-Demon Deacon left the Winston-Salem school last October after being arrested as a result of a fight with his girlfriend.  He pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault on a female.

Those around him — including the girlfriend — say the incident does not give an accurate reflection of who the basketball player truly is.  Woods has accepted blame for reacting “poorly,” but he’s also said “what got printed and what got said (about his arrest) was blown out of proportion.”

Enter Kentucky, Texas and a handful of other schools who are welcoming Woods to their campuses for visits.  But Eric Crawford of The Louisville Courier-Journal believes schools should be wary of chasing the troubled star.  After all — he says — the player is on the verge of “giving the University of Louisville a black eye.”

You see, when he left Wake Forest, Woods initially committed to Rick Pitino’s Cardinals.  He moved to Louisville — to live with family — got a UPS job, attended a community college and completed all of the community service work he was sentenced to as part of his earlier guilty plea.

But now Woods has backed off his commitment to U of L and is looking at other options.  This despite the fact that Pitino took considerable flak for opening his doors to Woods.

Crawford writes:

Regardless of what bus Woods winds up on, I don’t need to hear about how he’s misunderstood.  I understand perfectly.  He’s a former five-star prospect.  That earns you multiple chances.  And Woods is going to take advantage of those chances — even of a coach who stuck his own neck out to offer one.

In the end, Woods can and should be able to go wherever they will take him.

I thought Pitino was taking unnecessary baggage (and drama) with Woods.  I think the same with (John) Calipari.  I’m not saying Woods doesn’t deserve a second chance.  I’m saying neither of these programs needs the hassle.

But when has that stopped a top-flight program from taking a chance on a potential top-flight prospect?


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