Welch said the review of Dreher's background was "much more than we've ever done for anyone else we've admitted." (I'm not sure if that's reassuring or more troubling.)
Both Welch and Downey apologized to the university and the city of Charleston, and Downey took responsibility.
"I'm around these kids quite a bit and I take responsibility," Downey said.
As he should.
Now he and President Welch need to decide what kind of basketball program they're going to have to represent their university.
The press conference lasted about a half-hour, with Welch and Downey taking every question. Welch made sure to ask if the press had any more questions before he left.
You can look at the picture of the two on the MetroNews website and see that it was painful and embarrassing for them, but they did it. They didn't hide behind a press spokesman or send out a feckless statement.
It's doubtful colleges and universities across the country took note, and even if they did, most would not be willing to venture from the safe cocoon of "no comment" when bad news breaks.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.