You’d think that hiring a strength coach who oversaw a process that led to three players going to the hospital, got suspended for a month as a result and caused the school to restrict his control over his own S&C program would be enough to make a head coach sensitive enough to avoid discussing the subject, but that’s not how Willie Taggert rolls.
He maintains that media accounts at the time mischaracterized the nature of the workouts and believes neither he nor Oderinde acted improperly.
“We know we didn’t do anything to try to hurt our kids. We’d done [the same program] everywhere we’ve been and never had a problem,” Taggart said. “I think our guys just overworked themselves and didn’t hydrate. … They were trying to impress the new coaches.”
Player shaming. It’s what you do when you’re a dumbass head coach ineptly trying to cover his own ass. See if those kids are willing to run through a wall for you in the future, Coach.