Thursday, January 06, 2005
From the mailbag, regarding Rick Lopez:
My name is Darryl Smith. I was the head coach at Metropolitan State college in Denver from 1989-1998. Rick Lopez was my student volunteer for my first and most of my second season. We were 22-2 with one league game left to play when 3 of my players came to me and said that Rick was running around with one of their teammates, one of our players. I immediately dismissed him but not without a fight. In fact the girls father paid me a visit and pleaded for Rick's job. Needless to say, I instructed Rick at the time that that line could never be crossed. He instantly became an enemy of me and my program. I then spoke with his backers about his in appropriate behavior, and they were extremely passive about it and continued to support him. It is a sad story and Rick was a sick individual. However, the people that surrounded the Colorado Hoopsters should be under scrutiny as well.