How often do you see athletes and coaches make the wrong decision off the court?
With the media involved 24-7, we hear more and more about deviant behavior in sports.
You can log on to your computer early in the morning and open up a site and read where a college athlete did something stupid.
Or, you can listen to your local sports talk radio host complain about a coach that has put himself in hot water with a dumb decision.
How do we curb it?
It’s not easy.
One thing is certain, as a coach, we have to do the right thing.
Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Sometimes the right decision is not the most popular.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports tells us about a NAIA player that went bonkers after being dismissed from the team.
The same night that Fresno Pacific coach Chris Wright dismissed Young from the team for a violation of team standards, the 6-foot-2 Coppin State transfer went on a naked rampage near the NAIA school’s campus. The Fresno Bee reports that Young ran naked through a gas station parking lot, knocked a woman to the ground, tried to steal a police car and withstood three Taser strikes from the police officer trying to stop him before being subdued.
At about 11:30 p.m. on Monday night, a police officer spotted a naked man who appeared intoxicated running through the streets and pounding his fists on the hood of cars and on the bullet-proof glass at the gas station convenience store. From there the account that the police gave to the Bee only gets more bizarre.
Indy Star.com on Michigan State getting a pretty good player, Gary Harris.
“I absolutely think he did it the right way,” Harris Sr. said. “I’m really happy for him. There’s a range of emotions you go through after going through it for three-and-a-half years. It wasn’t an easy decision.”
The 6-4 Harris, ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the 2012 class by Scout.com, took an official visit to Michigan State last weekend, the last of his four visits.
Ryan Fagan of the Sporting News gives us his Top 10 non-conference college basketball games of the year. Number 1? Make sure you are free on Dec. 3
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press on John Beilein and his construction of the Michigan Wolverines program.
As Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has shaped his program over the past 4 1/2 years, the focus has intensified.
Not only has he pinpointed talent that fits his system, but he’s also made a sincere effort to fit players that can play together.
While it’s paying off with talents like Darius Morris, Tim Hardaway Jr. and 2012 commitments Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Beilein has said repeatedly the off-court dynamic cannot be overlooked.
New York Daily News on a JV boys basketball player who collapsed and died during try-outs.
As students and teachers at St. Edmund Prep struggled to absorb the loss of a sophomore who collapsed and died during JV basketball tryouts last week, the conflicted coach decided to resume practices on Wednesday.
“I think we have to get back in the gym,” said the coach, Mike O’Brien, describing his struggle to respond to the tragedy in an appropriate fashion.
“Whether it’s right or wrong, I don’t know what the answer is,” added O’Brien, a fifth-year coach who is the school’s dean of students. “ … I spoke to the guys about it and told them if any of them weren’t comfortable, just let me know and I wouldn’t hold it against them. I think it’s probably healthiest for everybody to try to get back to normal as best we can, even though the reality is there is no such thing as normal.”
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