Nov. 9, 2010RATTO ARCHIVEMLB PAGERay RattoCSNBayArea.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The word came across the wire (an old term, kids) that Quintin Dailey died Monday at 50, and you half-expected it to be a disturbing story about someone whose life went south and stayed south.It wasnt, and thank the deities involved in that.Dailey was the USF basketball player whose exquisite skills resuscitated the Dons basketball program in the late 1970s. He was also the man who was charged with raping a nursing student in December of his senior year and eventually pled guilty to attempted assault, the man who helped convince the school to close its basketball program for five years, and the man whose checkered 10-year NBA career included two NBA drug policy violations for cocaine.But Dailey apparently had found the way out of his private hell later in life, and was working as a supervisor at the Parkdale Community Center in Las Vegas, working with at-risk kids. No more information is currently available, but that alone indicates a once-incandescent talent who escaped what could have been a terrible end by becoming a man. More information will be provided as it becomes available, but at least the story of the latter part of his life suggests a man who reassembled his life and did not die pointlessly. For that if nothing else, one can be thankful.