I’ve seen a lot of Bison basketball practices over the years, although nothing to the extent of what we’re seeing with the Rutgers head men’s coach.
How Mike Rice did not get fired over that is somewhat amazing.Update: He did get canned, although a few months too late IMO.
The worst coach-to-player meltdown I saw still makes me laugh. It was in Greg McDermott’s first year and the coach was not pleased with Denver TenBroek’s defense. So for what seemed like a half hour, McDermott chased Denver all over the court yelling at him “you’re killing us” on defense. I was impressed that McDermott could move that well. Denver was a great scorer, but perhaps the other end of the court was a challenge at the time. I think he got the message.
If Saul Phillips gets after his guys, it’s not in public view at the BSA. There’s the occasional yelling shot, like all coaches, but for the most part as long as the effort seems there, the coach stays rather even keel. Interesting tweet yesterday from former NDSU player Andre Smith, now playing professionally in Russia, who said “Rutgers coach rice would have had that ass whooped the first time he ever put his hands on me in practice if he was my coach!”
There have been a few humorous tweets by others, such as Mike Rice’s summer camp will no longer include dodge ball. But this is no laughing matter. I’d be surprised if both the coach and athletic director are not gone after this with the president taking some heat, also. It’s never good when the governor chimes in with some constructive criticism on how it was handled.