You may have heard that an Oklahoma player has left the team in mid-season and announced plans to begin preparation for the NFL draft. While I’m not here to condone his decision, I can’t help but roll my eyes about Mike Stoops’ righteous indignation over it.
“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Mike Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him…”
This, from a guy who once played as a scab when NFL players went on strike and when criticized for doing it, responded by saying, “I don’t give a damn what they think. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, and deep down, I think they know that. But if they feel that way, fine, don’t ever talk to me again”.
Is there a more consistently followed coaching mantra than do as I say, not as I do?