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  1. Kids are supposed to have fun in high school and college, this is another lesson for parents to take a step back.

  2. But but he’s so awesome and crean was so dumb to let him go. But but butler is so awesome with stevens as coach. But but…

  3. nothing to say he made this path for himself. Getting playing time at a high profile team like UCLA and now he does not seem happy there. Go Luck to him

  4. Go easy, right!

    So his dad jerked him out when Howland didn’t play him against Montana. I feel sorry for the guy.

  5. Husky, thanks for making it worth reading this article. Because I was about to say who cares, and Mr. Carlino seems to have the medling father disease.

  6. Attempt at humor.

    Did that start his 6 year clock?
    Does this change our over sign scholly?

    Best of luck young man, my advice is to run away from home asap.

  7. HoosierDaddy71; Not true, not cool, and there is no similarity between the two father-son cases. Marv Maronovich was not responsible for Todd’s meltdown. Todd got into drugs at a very early age, plain and simple. The clean cut, All-American boy image that was created for Todd was total fiction. Eventually the drugs took over Todd’s life and ruined his career. 99% of what people attribute to Marv is total BS, simply myth.

    Besides, Todd made it to the NFL and started as a 20 year old rookie for the raiders. Todd was the best HS QB I’ve ever seen, by a large margin. Phenominal talent!

  8. Podunker – I made no mention of drugs or anything disparaging about Todd. My point was that most hyper involved coach/parents have a way of burning their kids out. I certainly don’t think Todd (or probably Matt) lack(ed) for talent, but they are going to find some kind of escape from that disfunctional involvement. I’ve seen it a million times and very rarely does it turn out well…

  9. Too bad his Dad is such a jerk. Seems like just a good or average guard at major college level. He should have played high school somewhere this year. Someday his Dad is going to regret this and hopefully the kid won’t hate his Dad. Hey us Dad’s all screw up sometimes but most of us don’t have the nation watching when we do it.

  10. maybe we should chug on over to mamby pamby land and see if we can find some confidence for him, the jackwagon. crybaby.

  11. Sooo glad Carlino de-committed from IU! Hopefully he’ll still have a decent college career though. Perhaps he’ll end up a with Alford at New Mexico next year.

  12. It may be another case of a kid and his family believing his talent is better than it is. Otherwise, he would be playing. Either way, he has hurt his reputation with the constant moving around. I feel fortunate that he left IU when he did. Best of luck to him. Maybe he can lead a mid-major to something by his Senior year.

  13. The 4guards prophecies, one by one, have been almost completely debunked.

    The way our luck has been going, I feel like we will win a national championship soon and Alford will be fired from N.M. for recruiting violations.

  14. Sam nailed it, thought he was better than he really is. After watching him play for South, I was glad when he jumped early, left IU and bolted for UCLA.

  15. I caught myself getting a little too excited about my kids sports way back when they were in youth league. I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I backed way, way off. Eventually, they all competed in college, in non revenue sports, with varying levels of success. I cheered from the stands. I got just as excited but I didn’t let my intestines melt down with every referee’s decision, coaching move, personal triumph, or failure. I consoled them after poor performances and had tears on my cheeks when they shined.
    Sure, there were plenty of things that cropped up that bothered me, but as long as my kids were safe I stayed out of it. The kids learned to speak up to authority, when it was necessary, and to deal with problems on their own instead of expecting Dad to fix everything.
    I enjoyed it so much more as a father and a spectator than I ever did when I stuck my nose into places it didn’t belong. It is their lives. They are the ones getting up in the dark to run and lift before school, not me. Frankly, by the time they were high school seniors I was ambivalent about their competing in college and only one of them will have competed for all four years. That was fine with me. It takes a lot out of you as a parent but the demands on a college student are unbelievable.
    I found that I got just as excited about my daughter’s first third place finish her freshman year as I did when my son won his first match at the NCAA Championships.
    All but one are done with school. It has been great fun. That’s what it is supposed to be. Memories should bring a smile, not make you grit your teeth. Parents shouldn’t try to live vicariously through their children. Live your own life and set aside plenty of time to watch your kids live theirs.

  16. Chet,

    Pretty close to the way my wife and I handled the situation. Certainly was enjoyable. Substituting grand kids into the picture might be a different story.

  17. Sad…just sad..here is a kid with some talent,a father who by most accounts seems to overbearing, and messing up this kids life, taking fun out of the sport

  18. You are really “dumbing down” the math for this post: 31+1=32. OK, I can handle that one. Matt is just not as good as his Dad INSISTS that he is! One year out of 5 is running; yes, he still has 4 left; but, he still has to sit out one year as a transfer; most schools are semester not quarterly, so, much to figure out. Let’s recapitulate: HS transfer moving to a different while your family does not move and early graduation from your one-year new school; college decommit at IU and sign NLOI, accept scholarship, and transfer out of UCLA without playing a game by 12/10 of his first season. This shows some instability. I hope he gets out from under his Dad’s craziness.

  19. Once again we get the article about a guy who at one time thought about IU and then didn’t and went somewhere else and then quit that team. Blah, blah, blah. Who cares? Really, what does this have to do with IU basketball. Hey, got an idea. Lets put out a story on some of Sampson’s players. We haven’t had that lately. Better yet how about something about another recruit we didn’t get. Agree with Cooper and Clarion, yawn and a waste of ink.

  20. RR. This is called the internet-NO ink here! Your post is illogical-you read the full article, you thought about it, you took the time to post about it, but it is a “who cares?” When I feel “who cares”, I stop right then! No more reading-I don’t care; no more thinking about it-I don’t care; certainly no writing about it-I don’t care.

  21. The sad part here is the 7oo miles he will need to put on the Land Rover daddy gives him for Christmas when he transfers. Truly tragic.

  22. MillaRed-Wow. Kind of not cool there, man. I mean, are you personally familiar with the situation, or do you just enjoy taking personal shots at an 18 year-old kid?

  23. Most of you don’t know what you are talking about. No idea. Plus, marginalizing Matt’s play is ridiculous-he was good, really good. He chose to leave IU, too.

  24. HoosierDaddy71; My point was, Marv M was not a “hyper involved parent” that burned his son out. Drugs burned Todd out, period. A lot of young men think they can handle drugs, only to learn that the drugs are handling them.

    Marv supported Todd, was his strength and conditioning coach, and guided him based on his own career in the NFL. But Marv can’t be blamed for burning his son out. Todd did that with a lot of drugs.

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