Da’Sean Butler Apologized to Bob Huggins for Letting him Down

One of the most discussed moments of the 2010 NCAA tournament was not even a basketball play. During the Duke/West Virginia Final Four game, Mountaineers senior winger Da’Sean Butler slashed to the hoop on a drive but banged knees with Duke monster center Brian Zoubek. Butler dropped to the floor immediately, writhing and screaming in pain; doctor’s later determined he tore his ACL and sprained his MCL. The significant moment came when coach Bob Huggins consoled Butler in a loving father/son way that emotionally touched most viewers. In a halftime interview on CBS during the championship game, Butler explained what was said during that moment:

Butler shared some of the most touching words I’ve heard come from a collegiate basketball player (transcription below in case you can’t watch). Think about what kind of character and heart Butler has to apologize to his coach during a painful and agonizing moment. I’m struck by Butler’s selfless and inspiring attitude. In an age of one-and-dones, Da’Sean Butler serves as a perfect example of players doing things the right way. Butler stayed in school all four years and emerged as a true leader both on and off the floor. He hit game-winning shots in two of three games in the Big East tournament and helped West Virginia knock off Kentucky in the Elite Eight with a strong three-point shooting night. With the type of team-first attitude and high character Butler displayed, I’m confident his knee injury won’t keep him down.

Here’s some of what Butler said in case you couldn’t watch the video:

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West Virginia Players Mock Kentucky with John Wall Dance After Upset Win

West Virginia pulled off the unthinkable by beating top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional finals on Saturday night. Because Kentucky was the favorite having lost just two games all season, the Mountaineers players were in an extra celebratory mood following the win. What better way to show off what you accomplished than by ridiculing your slayed opponent? As I learned via Diamond Leung at the College Basketball Nation Blog, some of the West Virginia players began mocking Kentucky by doing the John Wall Dance — a bicep flex and twist that the Kentucky freshman popularized. Luckily for us, The Big Lead found a video of the celebration for us to see. Here’s the video of the West Virginia players doing the John Wall dance and skip to the :45 mark for the fun:

Although I like to see players win and lose with class, I can understand why they want to celebrate an achievement. You just better make sure you can take it before you can dish it. That memo goes for LeBron James, Shawne Merriman, and LaDainian Tomlinson, amongst others.

West Virginia yuks it up all night long [College Basketball Nation Blog]
Da’Sean Butler and John Flowers of West Virginia Do the John Wall Dance After Beating Kentucky [The Big Lead]