Neuheisel's saga has been described as Clintonian, with various parallels drawn to the ex-president. Living on the edge. Explanations in parsed legalese. Clinton, when pressed to clarify an apparent contradiction, famously said: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." And Neuheisel pleaded darkness in the Houston affair.
His downfall also raises questions about what we expect from our sports celebrities. Marquess of Queensberry rules were tossed out long ago, so where do we draw the line on modern sportsmanship? What is reasonable in the quest for victory?
Husky players had a front-row seat for this morality play as they hung around all summer for informal workouts. The man who had recruited them, who had led them through good times and bad, was under siege. "Man, it was tough," offensive tackle Khalif Barnes says. "I had to stop looking at all that stuff on the news."
Neuheisel's future is unknown. The NCAA has declined comment but, according to Dick Neuheisel, investigators have threatened a two- to four-year suspension for gambling if his son resurfaces anywhere in the college game any time soon.