What is wrong in today's college football?
Why are coaches getting fired for petty issues with certain players on their teams?
I am not talking about a coach beating the crap out of a player or anything like that.
I am talking about, why can't these young men playing today take an ass chewing or their medicine when they have pissed their coach off?
Look, if the allegations of what Jim Leavitt got fired for are true, he should be more than fired. He should not be allowed to coach the game anymore. And furthermore, he should be sitting in front of a judge explaining his actions and getting into more trouble than just being fired by South Florida.
However, Mark Mangino, the former coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, was forced to resign because he yelled at his players and poked a player in the chest because he was displeased with their effort?
Are these kids not man enough to take it?
I know when I was playing in both high school and college, I was yelled at. I had my coaches grabbing my face mask and pulling me in every direction when I was not doing my best in practice or a game. Hell, I had one of my coaches hit me with the palm of his hand in my chest out of displeasure.
Yes it ticked me off. I was not only pissed at the coach, but I was embarrassed because my teammates and people in the stands witnessed it.
You know what I did? I did like many before me and many after me. I channeled that anger into my game. I fired off the ball and I let the person across from me take my anger.
It made me into a better player.
It also taught me a few things.
It taught me that I needed to be disciplined and that I needed to stay focused. And above all I needed to listen.
Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach, was fired because the mistreatment of Adam James.
Personally, I think the only reason he was fired was because James is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Chris James and was pampered too much.
Aren't injured players under the supervision of the medical staff? Yeah, the head coach is the players boss, but not the boss of the medical and training staff. And when under the supervision of medical personnel then the coaches decision is and can be overridden by the trainers and doctors.
If the medical and training staff thought sending James into a dimly lit area and to ride an exercise bike was too extreme, why did they not move him to a more suitable area?
Heck, when that story first broke, all reports were saying it was a dark room. They made it out to be this pitch dark place where you could not see your hand in front of your face. Now we are hearing that it was a dimly lit shed. Meaning there was some light in the shed.
I am sorry, there seems to be more to this story than what is being reported.
Either way, the only thing I think Mike Leach did wrong was he did not suspend Adam James.
When you think about it, this goes further than just today's college football players.
It is society in general.
We are creating a bunch of soft panty-wasted kids that cannot take tough treatment.
Now, being abusive is one thing. But being yelled at or poked in the chest is not being abusive toward these kids. At least not in my humble opinion. It is being tough and firm and teaching these young players.
It is a sad day in the great sport of college football, when coaches get fired for being a coach and being hard nosed.
Paul “Bear” Bryant, Bud Wilkinson, Woody Hayes, and more are rolling in their graves right now at how some of these players and universities are overreacting.