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Wyoming students reportedly chanted ‘alcoholic’ at Larry Eustachy

Larry-Eustachy-Colorado-StateFor those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of Larry Eustachy, the Colorado State men’s basketball coach is a recovering alcoholic. In 2003, Eustachy was fired from Iowa State after photos surfaced of him appearing drunk at a party with undergraduates. He later told Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis the embarrassment from that incident helped motivate him to take control of his life and fight against alcoholism.

As is often the case with college basketball, Eustachy has been unable to completely escape his reputation. According to Ben Frederickson of the Casper Star Tribune, a small group of Wyoming fans chanted “alcoholic” at Eustachy during their game against Colorado State on Wednesday night.

Does that cross the line? Assuming he is telling the truth, Esutachy has been doing well with his addiction. He says this April will mark 10 years of sobriety, which dates back to the incident at Iowa State. Since all indications are that Eustachy has been able to get his addiction under control, some feel that it reflects poorly on Wyoming’s student section that a group of students were heckling him about it.

That being said, this isn’t the first time a school’s student section has crossed the line with its harassment of an opposing coach or player. And it certainly won’t be the last. If the Wyoming students wanted to make fun of Eustachy for something, they should have mentioned how he had no idea who this Syracuse player was last season.

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Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy does not know who Fab Melo is

With Fab Melo ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament, some are wondering if Syracuse is destined for an early exit. Assuming the Orange get past 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville, the winner of the first (second) round game between Kansas State and Southern Mississippi could be primed to pull off an upset. You would think either of those teams would be salivating at the thought of taking on a Syracuse team that is missing the anchor of its smothering zone defense. Unless, of course, one of the coaches had no idea who Melo was.

“As idiotic as this sounds, I don’t know who (Fab Melo) is,” Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy said according to Campus Rivary, adding that he is not much of a college basketball fan during the season and is more of a “Law and Order” guy. “I get enough basketball in the gym.”

Come on. This has to be Eustachy’s way of emphasizing that his team is taking things one game at a time, right? Generally speaking, if you look ahead in the NCAA tournament you’re already doomed. Southern Miss has no reason to worry about a Big East team during the regular season, but Melo is one of the bigger names in college basketball. They are clearly focused on Kansas State, but this seems way too far-fetched. It would be impossible to have no idea who Melo is. At least, I think it would.