Since it's a hot topic I figured I'd blog about WKU's defensive coordinator Lance Guidry's arrest and WKU's response.
First off, a very very bad decision by coach Guidry to get behind the wheel of a car after having some drinks. I'll admit I have been to dinner and had one drink and then driven home, so I'm not here to throw stones.
First question, since athletic director Ross Bjork and head coach Willie Taggart knew about the arrest before the game, should coach Guidry have been on the sideline?
I think the fact that Guidry told Bjork and Taggart before the game was the reason he still coached, in fact Bjork and Taggart have both said that's why.
If he had tried to hide it, this is a different story.
Should he have been coaching? I think it's a bigger distraction and issue if he isn't. I think WKU did the right thing in not making it an issue until after the game. They were about to play the #1 LSU Tigers, they didn't need to add a DWI arrest to the minds of their players before the game.
Second question, did WKU do the right thing in the punishment?
Well the fact is we don't know what the punishment is because it was handled internally. I have got to think it was pretty harsh and if I had to really guess I would think maybe some sort of salary deduction or worse. I'm willing to bet he is on a very, very short leash and that if he causes any other sort of problems maybe then he gets fired.
I honestly don't think this was worth him getting fired. I also completely understand this sends a mixed message to the players, and even the community. I know he had two priors but one was when he was 19 and another was back in 2003 and the background check WKU did wouldn't have shown that. This was his first time getting in trouble while a coach with the Hilltoppers.
If he had gotten in a wreck and injured someone or worse, then this is a different story.
Thankfully that didn't happen.
Guidry is an important part of the program, watch his defense play and that's obvious.
The point I'm trying to make is I think it's more important having Guidry on the sidelines and having him help the team try to get bowl eligible then to possibly fire him and have a bunch of drama two weeks before the season ends.
The Hilltoppers making a bowl game would be enormous for the program. They need Guidry on the sidelines coaching his defense to make sure that happens.