Sunday, January 10, 2010

Coaches Gone Wild

Excerpt from Tampa Bay Online:

Tough is OK; abuse is not
By Joey Johnston
January 10, 2010

USF Coach Fired

For the third time in five weeks, a high-profile college football coach lost his job after being accused of physical or verbal abuse toward a player, even while explaining the actions as routine discipline and motivation.

The University of South Florida fired head football coach Jim Leavitt on Friday after a monthlong probe concluded he grabbed a player by the throat, slapped him, then lied about it to investigators.

That continued the disturbing trend.

On Dec. 3, University of Kansas coach Mark Mangino was forced to resign after complaints of abuse surfaced from former and current players, including one who said he was forced to crawl across searing-hot artificial turf after failing to weigh in, leaving him with blisters and a patch of missing skin.

On Dec. 30, Texas Tech University coach Mike Leach was fired after being accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, forcing him to remain in a darkened shed as a form of punishment.

"I have never seen anything like this, ever," Teaff said. "I'm baffled. I don't even know how to describe what is happening here."

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