|Mike Price and Larry Eustachy now have a lot in common: both highly-paid big-time sports coaches, both undone by tales of drink and debauchery that might not have made the papers a few decades ago, but spread like wildfire in this Internet age.
Eustachy: On April 28, The Des Moines Register publishes photos of the Iowa State basketball coach drinking with students at a party in Missouri and embracing and kissing young women. An article accompanying the photos quotes a Kansas State student who says Eustachy approached her at another party and said, "What are you doing here? Why aren't you going to KU? The girls down there are much hotter. You belong there."
The next day, the Register says Eustachy, the state's highest-paid public employee at $1.1 million a year, should be fired. The day after that, Eustachy says he's an alcoholic already undergoing counseling for his problem. Shortly after, he "resigned," walking away with about $960,000 after reaching a settlement with the university.
Price: Many of the facts are in dispute here. Price is currently suing Time, the publisher of Sports Illustrated, for defamation, charging the magazine's story about his conduct at a Pensacola, Fla., celebrity/pro-am golf tournament contained many inaccuracies.
This much is not in question: Price was fired by Alabama before he ever coached a game for the Tide because of his conduct at the tournament, including his admitted visit to an area strip club. He was also fleeced out of about $1,000 in room-service charges, allegedly by the woman who returned to his hotel room with him.
Alabama President Robert Witt said the coach hadn't conducted his "personal and professional life in a manner consistent with university policies."