KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's an old saying ---"To the victor go the spoils."
And boy, the Missouri Tigers are reaping the benefits with a barrage of positive feel good stories about their basketball team.
There's a cover story in the USA Today sports section featuring the #2 ranked Tigers. The headline reads, "Missouri's faith in Haith pays."
This whole thing is really incredible. It's like, what have you done for me lately?
Five months ago, the Tiger nation wanted Haith fired before he ever coached a game at Missouri. There were allegations that Haith was aware of a $1,000 bribe made to a Miami recruit while Haith was coaching the Hurricanes.
He's denied any wrong-doing, and the NCAA is still investigating the Miami mess.
What makes Missouri's success so remarkable is that the Tigers are going it with only 7 scholarship players and a 4-guard lineup. They don't have the luxury of lottery picks.
They're having their best season, record wise, in over 30 years. The last time a Missouri team was 19-1, Steve Stipanovich and Jon Sundvold were the stars. They won 4 straight Big 8 titles. Norm Stewart was the coach.
Norm just turned 77 and is writing love songs these days from his winter home in Palm Springs. He just finished a ballad about Virginia, his wife of 55 years. As a matter of fact, the song was recorded today in Kansas City.
When I asked Norm about it, he told me it reflects, "the tender side of me."
I'm sure many KU fans never envisioned a tender side of Norm Stewart. But of course, many Jayhawk fans never believed they would be playing second fiddle to the Missouri Tigers this year.
Oh by the way, the Missouri band wagon is filling up fast. There's still room to squeeze in a few more.
All aboard, it promises to be a great ride.
That's Jack's Smack.