The Chris Jones saga at Louisville is over. However the fall out will last forever. This season will go down in Louisville history as one of the strangest in the history of the program and for good reason. Why did Rick Pitino recruit him in the first place? That is the the million dollar question. In fact there are many questions. The vetting process is apparently broken at Louisville. And it is more than evident that Coaches are hired to coach, they are not hired for their skills in personality assessment. That much is evident. Rick Pitino is not a Human Resource guru and there lies the problem.
The fact of the matter is offering a kid a scholarship and investing time and money in them is a huge commitment. Which begs the question are college coaches up to this job? The clear answer is no. A quick solution is to leave the vetting of potential recruits to the professionals who know what they are doing. Coaches can evaluate talent and decide if they want the player, but someone with credentials besides the coach should vet the players before the green light is given to the coach to sign him.
Coaches are hired because they have great skills with evaluating talent and creating a winning offense around their players. They are not therapist or psychologist. They may think they are, however that is not good enough. They are basketball coaches. Coaches should simply find the talent and then let HR vet the players. Now we have a situation where no one knows what Chris Jones did to get dismissed from the team. The fans, those who care about the program really need to know. There needs to be an explaination.
Furthermore, just because a player has talent does not mean he is the right fit for the university. Apparently that is the case with Chris Jones.