Tonight a grave injustice occurred.
At the College Basketball Awards Show tonight on ESPN2 our own Caleb Swanigan was up for the Karl Malone Award given to the nation’s best power forward and the Wooden Award for the nation’s best player.
He won neither.
Now the Wooden Award was exepcted. That went to Frank Mason III of Kansas, who won all of the other National Player of the Year awards. The Karl Malone Award was a massive shock, as it went to Johnathan Motley of Baylor.
Sadly, I am not kidding.
The reaction aroudn the internet was stunning, as this was a massive upset for Motley. It was generally accepted that Swanigan, the consensus All-American at power forward, was going to win the Karl Malone Award. We weren’t the only ones stunned.
This is some bullllllllllllllsh*t, and I'm an IU fan, swannigan should have won this with ease https://t.co/4496IrLJYa— Jesse (@Jesse__23) April 8, 2017
When Swanigan doesn't win the Karl Malone Award for best PF... pic.twitter.com/kl66Zds9PT— Beneath The Paint (@BeneathThePaint) April 8, 2017
Yeah, I'm not sure how they determined that the Newell Award winner for best post player isn't also the best power forward... https://t.co/nG9jYCVWZt— Jay A. Wood (@JayAWood) April 8, 2017
Okay. I want to know what Baylor did to buy that award. Seriously. #BiggieWasRobbed.— #BiggieWatch2017 (@HammerAndRails) April 8, 2017
Consensus first-team All-American & Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award winner who does something not done in 31 years doesn't win...— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) April 8, 2017
And Swanigan won a championship, if that matters with these things. https://t.co/dPoGSB1tO0— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) April 8, 2017
Caleb Swanigan is the only forward/big man among five @WoodenAward finalists. But didn’t win power forward award. Bizarre optics there.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) April 8, 2017
Really pissed off. Caleb Swanigan got robbed tonight. What a joke.— Emily (@BoilermakerEm) April 8, 2017
So there you have it. I haven’t seen this much of a travesty since Golden State drafted Damian Jones over A.J. Hammons in the draft even though Hammons ripped Jones to shreds in Mackey Arena head-to-head.