Chaney should not coach in postseason

Originally Published: February 25, 2005
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
The Atlantic 10 and Temple University took a step in the right direction by suspending John Chaney for the Owls' final three regular-season games, but I believe they should have gone further.

The logical punishment that fit the crime was that Chaney should be suspended for as long as injured Saint Joe's forward John Bryant will be on the sidelines -- in this case, it looks like the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

It is important that we separate the "outrage" of the incident from the punishment. The fact that Bryant was found to be seriously injured does not make Chaney's original act any more distasteful, but it does call for sterner discipline than the coach's self-imposed one-game ban (which I thought was appropriate at the time). If Saint Joseph's will be forced to defend its regular-season league title without a key role player, Temple should be forced to challenge for that title without the coach who caused the situation.
Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.