By: Lesley Messer
When news broke that the University of Cincinnati was considering firing longtime basketball coach Bob Huggins, a local fan favorite, The Cincinnati Enquirer turned to home-grown celebrity Nick Lachey for a brief reaction quote. A rep for the singer, who is also husband (last we checked) of Jessica Simpson, replied that his client was so irate he wanted to write an entire column.
The column appeared in Wednesday’s Enquirer and on Cincinnati.com, the Web site serving the Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post, and other media outlets around the city. “The bottom line is, this is ludicrious [sic]! We should be ashamed of ourselves as fans of the Bearcats and the university as a whole if we lay down and let this slide,” Lachey wrote. “I challenge you all to oppose this with the most influential means possible — your wallets. As a diehard Bearcat fan this pains me to say, but we have to make our voices and influence known. This is not for the good of the UC basketball program, or for the good of the University of Cincinnati for that matter. This is about egos, and that is unacceptable.”
The Web site also posted a poll asking readers if the university’s decision was justified. So far readers have overwhelmingly backed the celebrity columnist in voicing their opposition.
Enquirer sports editor Michael Perry told E&P that this was not the first time Lachey had written for the site.
?He had actually given us a [May 30] column after [pitcher] Danny Graves was released from the Reds,? Perry explained, adding that it received 36,000 page views.
Perry also said that Lachey penned the forward to his book, ?Tales from Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball.”
So far, he said, there has not been feedback to the Lachey column directly, although many readers have written in about the issue of Huggins leaving the team.”