Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a video of a practice surfaced … showing Rice kicking, shoving, and berating his players with homosexual slurs … and throwing basketballs at his players’ heads. Obviously, the guy is a bully, and he’s probably been doing this for years.
I played on seven school basketball teams as a kid … and on football and baseball teams as well. I can’t remember ever encountering a bully coach. On some of those teams, such a coach might have found himself abruptly seated on the floor.
I’ve seen coaches angry, shouting at players … but never calling them names.
I understand some coaches allow players to bully each other. Never saw that, either.
Sports can be very emotional for players and coaches, as well as fans. I’ve seen players and coaches lose their tempers … but not control. When you “blow up”, you give the opposition a huge advantage.
I wonder how many other bully coaches are operating on campuses right now.
Our thought for today is from Marie De France:
“A bully is not reasonable … he is persuaded only by threats.”