CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hey, it's not easy to break in a new coach.
We sportswriters need time to make them sound good, get them to say things they tell anybody else and be cordial, win or lose.
Little do they know, making us happy is right up there with satisfying the fans, administration and the roster.
OK, not really.
Still, with the departure of Mark Downey, there will be an adjustment period for the University of Charleston men's basketball program.
His leaving was considerably abrupt, leading many to wonder just how much is connected to the arrests of three of his players this past spring.
My guess is it has a lot to do with it.
In April, three UC starters were arrested and charged with a violent attack and robbery of two Charleston men.
Downey has a solid track record, but the movers and shakers at South Ruffner don't need black eyes as they attempt to grow the University of Charleston.
If you don't believe fundraising at a private school is critical and sports have nothing to do with that, you've been living under a rock. Much like Downey, UC President Edwin Welch has folks to answer to.
During his three years at UC, Downey did almost everything right.
The Golden Eagles won, excited the alumni and brought much-needed victorious attention to a program that was in dire need of it. No offense, Greg White.
Then came a Division I player from Winthrop University who was expected to be another superstar in a UC uniform. As soon as he passed NCAA smell tests, he was permitted to suit up and contribute to another Division II Tournament run.
As a Winthrop student-athlete, Robbie Dreher pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery after being accused of raping a woman at his South Carolina on-campus apartment.
Despite the red flags that shot up after Dreher's transfer, I'm not blaming Dreher. Quincy Washington and Terrell Lipkins also were arrested for their involvement in the crimes and are big boys who can think for themselves.
Shortly thereafter, some damage control was instituted - Downey to Welch and Welch to folks whose attention was focused squarely on the deplorable actions of players Downey brought to West Virginia's capital city.