When news broke last week that University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch would be suspended following two allegations of sexual assault, Richard Pitino was asked if the school’s policies on investigating and handling incidents of sexual assault should be reviewed.
"I don't know", Pitino said toward the end of his news conference. "I'm just a basketball coach."
That’s not a good enough answer, considering the circumstances; Pitino was attempting to absolve himself of any responsibility, even though he continued to allow Lynch to practice with the team. Just a few days later, it somehow looks even worse. Yesterday, the relevant university body recommended Lynch be expelled and banned from campus, while yet another assault allegation against Lynch has been revealed.