Vanderbilt basketball coach says Trump supporters’ racism, not a last place record, is why he’s being criticized

by Peter Heck · Feb 15th, 2021 6:10 am

Last Updated Feb 18th, 2021 at 12:38 am

Vanderbilt University's head basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse has his team sitting at the bottom of the SEC standings this year, and that's nothing new. In his first two seasons coaching the team, the former college and NBA star has guided his team to a 16-31 record, with just a paltry 4-23 record in conference games.

As is typically the case when college or professional teams underperform, angry fans and impatient alumni are pointing fingers at the coaching. But Stackhouse is convinced that the criticism he is receiving for his team's dismal performance is the result of racism from Trump supporters.

"How am I not qualified when I played basketball at the highest level and played under some Hall of Fame coaches? I don't have the acumen to know what I'm looking at? What's the angst? And it becomes the things we see right in front of us, man," Stackhouse began.

"All I can say is, 75 million people voted for Trump. That's all I can say. You ain't fooling me. I know what it's about, a lot of you hate everything we did when we came here about the staff, the diversity of the staff, it was this or that. And I like to think I know a little something about building teams and what organizations should look like. I've worked and played for some of the best organizations," the coach concluded.

Stackhouse contended that it was his commitment to bringing "diversity" to the coaching staff at Vanderbilt that has so many fans angry with him, not the fact that his team continues to be a perennial doormat on the hardwood for conference foes.


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