Definition: Disingenuous

dis·in·gen·u·ous (dĭs’ĭn-jĕnyū-əs)

  1. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: “an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who … exemplified … the most disagreeable traits of his time” (David Cannadine).
  2. Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naif.
  3. Mike Krzyzewski: “I never look at talking to the referee as “working the ref.” I think that’s one of the worst phrases that could ever be made. I don’t think that’s what happens. What you’re trying to do is find out why something has been done or explain your situation. It’s not a matter of “working,” it’s a matter of explanation.” source
  4. Usage Problem. Unaware or uninformed; naive.

That About Settles It

I got an email last night from a reader that said exactly what I was thinking – the ACC Coach of the Year award was settled last night. No question.
The three men in the running were Coach K, Roy Williams and Dave Leitao, all for slightly different reasons. Krzyzewski was considered because while his team was picked first, no one expected them to win all of their games. Well, after last night’s loss, they haven’t won all of their games. And it’s not just a one game thing – that’s now three games in a row where they haven’t played very well. It appears to me that K has allowed Duke to become the J.J. Redick show and Redick has become a slave to his scoring average. Earlier in the year, when his shots weren’t falling, he got other players involved and started taking the ball to the hole. Last night, he just kept shooting. Sure, he scored 30, but it took him 28 shots to get there. That’s not a good game.
Dave Leitao was in the running because he had taken the team with the worst talent in the league and got them on the verge of .500 in the ACC. The loss last night doesn’t end that possibility, but it was the second bad loss in a row for Virginia. And you simply can’t win any team awards after you lose to a conference rival by 45 points. If that’s not a rule, it should be.

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