I ran across this article the Chicago Tribune ran way back on February 9, 1990 and found the following passage fascinating as it mirrors in many ways the current situation with our basketball team. It was Keady's 9th year, it's Painter's 9th year. Keady's record was 15-16, Painter's is 15-17. Families calling the coach, players not buying in. Weird parallels to the current situation. The bright spot is Keady turned it around the next year and hopefully CMP will too.
Keady`s first losing (15-16) year in nine at Purdue. But, even more significantly, it had also been a troublesome year for him, a year filled with discontent and disharmony, a year in which many of his basic beliefs proved heretical to his players.
He cherishes strong senior leadership, but the nature of his seniors prevented them from providing it. He demands adherence to rules and roles, but here rules were broken and roles were ignored. He preaches the concept of team play, but this team remained fragmented and never coalesced. ``Last year,`` he says now, ``there was a lot of individualism.
``It was not fun. We had problems. Mothers calling us, things like that-I`d never had that in (the previous) eight years. Did she really believe a freshman was going to play a lot in the Big 10 in a quality program? Get serious. It`s ridiculous to call us because your son`s not happy.``
That son was Keith Stewart, who as a freshman last year started 14 games at the point for Purdue. He is now at Marquette. Another then unhappy with his playing time was guard Billy Reid, and he is now at Evansville. John Brugos, a junior forward beset with personal problems, withdrew from school to take care of them at home, and guard Marvin Rea, a former walk-on whose attitude went south after he received a scholarship, was not welcomed back.
Like that, Keady was rid of the poisons he felt had infected his program, and that brought the matter to Scheffler and Berning and point guard Tony Jones. They had been juniors during that season of strife, had been whipsawed between demurring seniors and immature underclassmen, but now, now they were the leaders and they resolved to fulfill their roles. ``I had a good feeling for them, for the leadership they`d give us,`` Keady says now, thinking back. ``I thought then we`d have some fun this season. I thought this would be a season where we could surprise some people.``