Don't misunderstand. There are rules to crying in sports, and Harris came close to a faux pas.
You can cry after a gut-wrenching loss. (See Tim Tebow and the tears streaming after Florida lost the SEC title game.) You can cry when you're injured. (Harris can ask WVU grad assistant Da'Sean Butler about that.) It's even OK to shed tears after a very big victory. (Owen Schmitt after WVU's 2008 Fiesta Bowl victory.)
It's not cool, though, to cry while playing. Adam Morrison infamously did so while playing for Gonzaga in the 2006 NCAA tournament. He was crying even though there was still time for the Zags to defeat UCLA. Afterward, a loss, he fell to the floor, pulled his jersey over his head and rolled around.
Also, don't cry just because you're not getting your way. Glen "Big Baby" Davis went to the end of the Boston Celtic bench and cried after Kevin Garnett yelled at him in 2008. As Chris Berman and company would say, come on, man.
Harris, though, was not on the court, a la Morrison. He might have taken his emotions onto the court later, when personal and technical fouls took him - and, probably, WVU - out of the game in one swipe. (Huggins, by the way, saw it as a K-State flop.)
The bottom line, though, is Harris seemed most upset with himself. He wasn't on the floor and able to help his team. And unlike Davis, an NBA player, Harris is a true freshman who was trying to help a college team on ESPN on Big Monday. One who just turned 19 on Nov. 26.
So smile, Eron. If anything, you probably gained fans. WVU followers have been starving to see Mountaineer athletes that care. You obviously do.
And I'll let you in on a couple secrets. First, I'm pretty sure I've seen that big scary coach of yours shed a tear or two in the past.
And as for me ... a 52-year-old ... hell, I still can't get through the movie "Brian's Song" without bawling.
In other words, Eron, you're in very good company.
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