Gus Malzahn isn’t merely concerned about the SEC calling unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against coaches this season. He’s extremely concerned.
And why not, based on this Steve Shaw quote?
“Somebody said to me recently, ‘You take a lot more off a coach than you ever would with a player,’ and that’s very true,” Shaw said. “The head coaches, they are the face of our game. They are iconic in our game but some of the things we would have flagged a player immediately for weren’t being called for a coach.”
Treating coaches’ bad behavior no differently than players’? That’s borderline sacrilegious.
And this quote from Malzahn is rich:
“If it’s a 15-yard penalty, I’m going to need somebody to get my attention. You’ve got some coaches that go on the field and throw a fit and all that and I think the officials just had to do something to get control of that. That wasn’t me.”
Nah. It was your defensive coordinator.