Tough love from Tom Luginbill

I linked to the story this morning about the TAMU assistant coach who showed his ass on Twitter when a kid decommitted, which in turn lead to another kid withdrawing his commitment.  ESPN decided to take the matter up on Outside The Lines today and brought on its recruiting guru, Tom Luginbill, to weigh in.  Luginbill had some words of admonishment:

“Unfortunately, in today’s society with people and social media …” “Particularly with respect to coaches, these guys gotta toughen up, and they’ve gotta grow up, and they’ve gotta do it in a hurry.”

Who could argue with that?  Except that’s not what Luginbill actually said.  Here’s what really came out of his mouth:

“Unfortunately, in today’s society with young people and social media …” begins Luginbill, letting you know exactly how dumb the next words out of his mouth are going to be.“Particularly with respect to student athletes, these guys gotta toughen up, and they’ve gotta grow up, and they’ve gotta do it in a hurry.”

Oy.  Even Moorehead wound up apologizing for his stupidity.  I guess Luginbill would now advise him to grow up.

I’d love to toss a little more snark on the fire, but since the New York Times, of all folks, has done such a nice job of it, I’ll leave the field now.



Filed under Social Media Is The Devil's Playground

13 responses to “Tough love from Tom Luginbill

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    This, coming from a guy who, as the starting QB at GT in 1994, went 1-10 on the season (the lone win being over the mighty catamounts of W. Carolina). He then transferred to E. Kentucky immediately after the season.

    Looks like someone didn’t toughen up or grow up. If Smartphones were around back then, he probably wouldn’t have made it through the entire season (if nothing else, simply due to ‘Luginbill’ being autocorrected to ‘losing bill’ on his phone).


    • CannonDawg

      I always had the impression that CMR couldn’t stand the guy, much less to see him coming with a microphone in his hand. It might have been his off-putting Tech fragrance, or his snark, or just his overall bundle of dumbassery. Anyway, I can see why.


  2. Dolly Llama

    This is the same guy that Spurrier called “Loogie,” right?


  3. It’s always hilarious when people responsible for the contrived world of high school football recruiting get self righteous and complaining about the monster they created.


  4. Dawg Vegas

    You just can’t wash the Tech off of you, apparently….


  5. I have seen a lot of millennial bashing recently. McShay on Tunsil’s lack of loyalty for telling the truth. Luginbill on A&M decommits. Not just in sports either – there is current viral video where a guy bashes millennials via song all the while cribbing music and lyrical syncopation pattern courtesy of Lennon and McCartney. So as I was watching tv last flipping channels, I happen to catch this scene from The Breakfast Club. Filmed 30+ years ago, I am struck about how relevant this conversation seems today. Gleason was about my age when this was filmed. 9 out of 10 days I share Carl’s outlook, but every once in a while I freak out like Vernon.


    • 69Dawg

      So very very true. We will be a Scandinavian country shortly. I only hope there are enough overachievers to pay the freight. Nannie state here we come.


      • I think you missed my point – I included the clip because it was a ” the more things change, the more the stay the same” example. When the movie came out, I guess I was a Junior in HS and I certainly identified with kids sitting in the library. I am Generation X’er, you know the ones that Boomers have railed about for years as slackers, spoiled, etc. The first generation of Americans who were going to do worse than their parents because of (insert word here) – technology, laziness, no drive, dumb, uncaring etc. We hadn’t faced a war, we didn’t change the world via civil rights, or women’s rights. We were the kids that turned on Vernon. We had it too easy.

        Now I am roughly the same age as Paul Gleason (Vernon) was when the movie was filmed. So look here in 2016 and Generation X (as well as the other previous generations) are complaining about Millenials with roughly the same language as Vernon in The Breakfast Club. I guess what I am trying to say is F*** us. We are doing the same them to Millenials that our parents did to us and probably the same thing The Greatest Generation did to the Boomers.


  6. #totalpersonproject