GENE ROBERTSON: Missouri basketball team deserves applause for its season

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 1, 2012

Now that the confetti and tears are gone from this memorable Tiger basketball season, we continue to celebrate the performance of the coaching staff and team. Congratulations Tiger coaches and team on your much deserved victories and excellent display of sportsmanship.

We remain your enthusiastic fans. We have enjoyed experiencing your teamwork and athletic ability. You all displayed a high caliber of sportsmanship on the basketball court as well as eloquence and humility when the games were over.

The Missouri basketball team mirrored the philosophy, skill and focus of the coaching staff. These qualities elevated the team to its victories and enabled the players to endure defeat. We witnessed an admirable display of character during the Missouri losses.

The excellence in leadership shown by the coaches and team provides us all with a set of benchmarks to draw on and share throughout our lives. I’m glad that these transformative moments occurred at Mizzou and that we all could share in it. We promise to continue supporting all of our champions at Mizzou.

Coach Haith, you proved you know what to say as well as what to do. You earned the USBWA Coach Of The Year. We applaud you for it. I envy you for the teachable moments you were able to share with your team. I believe those moments will be more valuable than any rewards you receive as a professional. You will to be credited with creating inspirational moments that many of us will use for positive motivation not only in sports but also in any situation where leadership models are referenced. This places you in the company of athletic leaders such as Eddie Robinson and John Wooden. Keep doing what you are doing. We are with you.

William E. "Gene" Robertson is a Columbia resident and a professor emeritus at MU.

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