My definition of "privilege" is when someone is hired solely because of their name and they have no qualifications. Lindsay was a great player who worked hard at being a great player. As we know, coaching is a completely different animal. Playing the game and teaching the game are two different things. Playing the game around the world and recruiting 14-18 year olds who may or may not have heard of you are two different things. Playing the game and getting 18-21 year olds to do what you want them to do on and off the court 24/365 are very different things. Playing the game and managing a multi million dollar business are very different things. And so on. Lindsay had no experience at anything other than playing hoops and Coyle set her up to fail by letting her work two jobs during the critical first year.I guess it depends on your definition of “privilege”. Lindsay was not qualified to be hired but she was hired due to something she earned - her legendary status. Does that mean it’s the right reason to hire someone? Absolutely not, but there are tons of incorrect reasons to hire someone that have nothing to do with privilege.
Pitino’s privilege was unearned. He was born into the right family. Lindsay’s “privilege” was earned, her actions and her accomplishments created her “privilege”.
Typically, when people talk about “privilege” it’s in the context of unearned advantages (white privilege, male privilege, etc.). You don’t hear people talk about “work ethic privilege” or “intelligence privilege” or “good decision privilege”.
It was a privilege hire.