15 Coaches Misbehaving
Athletes at every level in every sport are routinely fined and/or suspended for various displays of bad behavior. The offenses run the gamut from those committing relatively minor infractions to those running majorly afoul of the law.
That being said, it's become so commonplace that many barely register as a story anymore. Often times the incidents are brushed off as youthful indiscretions or the product of intense passion for the game.
That's when they're committed by athletes. When coaches break the rules, it's an entirely different situation. Coaches are there to set the standard for their players and lead by example. It's difficult to enforce rules when you can't even follow them yourself.
"Do as I say, not as I do" doesn't even work particularly well with small children. It certainly doesn't play well with teenagers and grown men. Here are 15 coaches who have been caught misbehaving.
*Just a note: There are no baseball managers included in this list because their special brand of freakout is on an entirely different level.
In October 2010 Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil didn't agree with a call on the field and let his displeasure be known in the best way that requires no words.
He flipped them—and the entire television viewing audience—the bird.
Then head coach Jeff Fisher condemned the actions on behalf of the organization as "inappropriate." The NFL agreed and fined Cecil $40,000 for his finger.
In November 2013 Wizards coach Randy Wittman had some choice words for the media when discussing a 109-102 loss to the 76ers.
Wittman's language got a little saucy while discussing what he felt was his team's poor defensive effort in the game. You'd think he'd be used to that by now.
He was ultimately fined $20,000 for the use of profanity.
In October 2013 Alabama strength coach Corey Harris (not pictured) was investigated by the UA compliance department, who discovered he had provided a loan to safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.
Also unearthed was Harris' connection to the representative of a sorts agent. While the repaid loan totaled less than $500, he was placed on administrative leave for the violation.
In November 2013 Knicks coach Mike Woodson railed against the officials during a weekly spot with ESPN radio.
Lamenting a lack of calls for offenses committed on or against superstar Carmelo Anthony, Woodson said, "I've been at this thing 30 years, and sometimes I'm starting to wonder what's a foul and what's not a foul."
Apparently the NBA wasn't as confused about what's a foul and what's not a foul. Woodson was slapped with a $25,000 fine.
In September 2013 Ahmaad Galloway, former football coach at Munford High School in Tennessee, was busted urinating on the field after a game.
Galloway was suspended by the school for two weeks, but ultimately decided to step down after the story became public. The former Alabama player had only been on the job since March.
It's not even Christmas, but it's safe to say that the tenure of first year Nets coach Jason Kidd has been rocky. His team is currently in the toilet at 5-12 and until recently, his biggest claim to fame had been leaving the court to take a phone call during Summer League play.
His current claim to fame came during a 99-94 loss to the Lakers the day before Thanksgiving. Down two with eight seconds remaining and no timeouts, Kidd started chatting up guard Tyshawn Taylor and then awkwardly dropped a plastic cup of soda and ice on the court.
Coach Kidd tried to sell the incident and made like he was going to clean the mess up, but then an official stopped the game to have it cleaned up. How lucky for the timeout-less Nets! Kidd's nonsense was transparent and he was fined $50,000 for the intentional spill.
Serra High School Coaches
For most white people, a blanket "no blackface" rule isn't particularly intrusive to our daily lives. While for others, apparently it's just too big a cross to bear.
This past Halloween, Serra High gym teacher Brian Basteyns and assistant football coach Howard Seeley were both suspended for including blackface as part of their costumes.
Both men apologized for their bad judgement and were reinstated after a very brief suspension.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has been misbehaving for much of this season. After a terrible blowout loss to UCLA in September, he dismissed the comments of Husker great Tommie Frazier about the coaching staff. Said Pelini, "We don't need him."
A day later he made headlines again, this time for an expletive-laden rant from 2011, which had supposedly been off the record. Pelini is heard railing against a local columnist before teeing off on Nebraska fans. His overarching message to everyone? "F*** YOU!"
Having kept it together through most of the season, recently Pelini again lost it during and after a blowout loss to Iowa. He was flagged for menacing an official during the game was later formally reprimanded by the Big Ten, which also fined the school $10,000.
And then, of course, at his post game press conference, Pelini basically dared Nebraska to fire him. Isn't he a treat?
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is one of the more unflappable, coolheaded coaches in the NFL. Which makes his actions in the third quarter of a close game against the Ravens on Thanksgiving all the more shocking.
After a Pittsburgh score, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones broke free on the ensuing kickoff and looked like he could potentially take it to the house. That's when Tomlin jumped to get out of his way…right after he jumped to get into his way.
Though the video seems to indicate it was deliberate, it's no surprise that Tomlin hasn't been eager to fess up. Considering this is his first bad behavior offense, it's unlikely to ultimately cost him his job.
It will, however, likely cost him a lot of money. The NFL is reportedly considering a six figure fine for Tomlin and there has been discussion of docking the Steelers a draft pick.
In November 2013 Jason Carpenter, coach of Ohio's Elida High School and a math teacher, was suspended a week without pay for standing on a student during class. It was deemed "inappropriate horseplay" by the board.
What's most interesting about this is that it was the second time Carpenter had been disciplined for standing on a student during class. He was suspended for five days back in 2012.
Even if the kids were laughing and thought it was funny, as seems to be the case, how many times does an adult have to be told YOU CAN'T STAND ON STUDENTS! It seems like a lesson you shouldn't have to learn once, let alone twice.
The Avalanche knew what they were getting themselves into when they hired the great Patrick Roy to be their coach. The legendary goalie has a legendary temper to go with those Stanley Cup rings.
In the season-opener against the Ducks this year, Roy went absolutely bananas on opposing coach Bruce Boudreau in the final seconds of the game. A game which, incidentally, his team was winning 6-1.
Roy wasn't suspended, but he was fined $10,000 by the NHL for losing his marbles.
Of everyone implicated in Bountygate, no one's hands were redder than former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now with the Titans.
Though the entire incident seems to have been overblown by the NFL, there's no question that Williams engaged in some seriously questionable behavior throughout his career in the league.
His bounty program reportedly dates back to his time with the Redskins and some rather unpleasant audio surfaced in which he tells his defense of the 49ers "kill the head" and "the body will die."
Williams was suspended indefinitely, but was back on the field in Tennessee a season later.
In December 2010 (then) Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, who was covering a punt in the third quarter of a game Miami would go on to win 10-6.
Alosi was suspended indefinitely after the Jets organization received information that he had "instructed five players to stand in a wall" before making his move. Which proved it was a planned act, rather than a last second impulse.
Though he was eventually let go, Alosi showed genuine remorse while addressing his actions in a press conference. Reportedly fighting back tears, Alosi said, "My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible."
He was also fined $25,000 for the incident—the Jets were fined $100,000. Alosi is currently coaching with UCLA.
In November 2013 Baie-Comeau Drakkar coach Eric Veilleux really lost his way in the world. After deeming the referee's explanation of a call unacceptable, he quickly spiraled out of control, becoming nothing short of hysterical.
As the zebra skated away, Veilleux began ripping sticks away from his players and chucking them onto the ice. He was given a bench minor for his actions and then ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Veilleux was later suspended for two games and fined $1,000. Which makes you wonder how much coaches in the QMJHL are earning these days.
In April 2013 the sports world was rocked when a video showing former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice being unforgivably verbally abusive to his players aired on ESPN's Outside The Lines.
More surprising than Rice's language on the tape was that the university had seen the tape in December and opted for a three game suspension and $50,000 fine. He was fired a day after it went public three months later.
Rice broke his silence in November, telling The New York Times, among other things, "I was an idiot, but I never abused anybody." At least he learned a lesson!