Back in my day, we treated players like shit.

Pity the poor working coach.

I guess it’s never occurred to Fran that winning and keeping players happy aren’t mutually exclusive.  Which is probably why he’s an ESPN talking head now instead of… well, you know… a basketball coach.  (A basketball coach who jumped for better offers twice, I might add.)



Filed under Transfers Are For Coaches.

11 responses to “Back in my day, we treated players like shit.

  1. The Georgia Way

    “It’s not longer about winning. It’s about keeping unhappy players from transferring.”

    Rest assured, we’ve been ahead of this curve for a very long time.

    And that’s yet another Bulldog Point of Pride!



  2. ASEF

    It has zero to do with “the way they were raised “ and 100% to do with Fran’s own network providing a prominent platform to guys like Jay Bilas who can credibly tell athletes, “You don’t have to accept being treated like this. You have options.”

    And same said network which has prominently followed numerous scandals in athletic departments focused on player abuses.

    I mean, Maryland football freaking killed a kid and it’s not as if the football team walked out en masse. Look at the abuse they were tolerating as a condition to keep their scholarship.

    Fran and “kids today” nonsense can kindly STFU.


    • Macallanlover

      It has everything to do with how they were raised. We have an entire culture change of kids raised to think they are entitled and should risk it all to satisfy some easier path. You can dispute that all you want, and it isn’t to say we shouldn’t constantly tweak and improve, but risking it all to please prima donnas who don’t get their way is a stupid position to take. The outcry of how unfair life is nauseating, life on the plantation hasn’t existed for 150+ years, and it never applied to life as a full scholarship athlete. So naive, narrow minded folks like you should just STFU.


      • etdf

        So if it is how these kids are raised, then why are we degrading the kids and not their parents? I HATE the argument that is essentially “kids these days.” These kids dont start with a midset that is any different than you or I. They are made this way, focus your ire on their parents. The players are products of the parents.
        There are prima donnas in every generation, ours included. If a kid transfers, f’em – let them go. Someone else will take their spot.


      • ASEF

        Lol. Get off my lawn!

        A 20 year old went door to door through an office building the other night to find the guy who owned the red Honda Accord (me). She’d hit it parking her SUV. She could have driven off, given that there were only 3 cars in the dark lot by that point – hers, mine, and my kid’s doctor.

        Jalen Hurts is a “kid today.” Was he raised poorly? Tua? Jake? Swift? Sony? Nick? Roquan? The other 100 guys on the Georgia football team not named Justin Fields? You focus on the negative and ignore the positive.

        I could list all of the volunteer efforts my kids’ friends regularly join, but why bore you? It’s a long list.

        “Kids today” tend to be far more supportive of each other. They’re more wiling to ask questions and challenge things when they sense they’re being asked to move against their values. They’re not “entitled.” They’re just more savvy to adult bullshit, and they’re no longer isolated in their decision making in how to respond to it.

        Justin Fields is Justin Fields, not a Symbol For a New Generation. My generation at their age was much more self-absorbed and much less ready to offer a helping hand. We were often cruel to people different from us in ways that, if I’m honest in my memories, were reprehensible. We tended to see things as a zero sum game – if you were up, I must be down.

        Long story short, I spend a lot of time with “kids today” in a variety of settings, and I’m usually impressed.


        • Morris Day

          Women drivers, amirite? 😉


        • Macallanlover

          As unimpressed as I generally am with your positions, I don’t think I ever apply your statements to mean everything to be 100% literally and there be no exceptions. Of course there are individuals in any generation all over the map, but if you think this isn’t a cultural change going on throughout this country the past 20 years you are truly blind. It may not bother you, and you may not draw the same concern for the consequences it will bring, but it is happening. I understand your right to feel differently, but when you tell people who have other opinions to STFU, be prepared for someone to suggest you take your own advice. Perhaps the reason you are so easily impressed is because the side you tend to favor is all about suppressing alternative opinions, in fact the left is championing the suppressioning of free speech, often violently. Peace, but suggest you, and yours, stay off my lawn.


          • Charlottedawg

            Soooo…..Kids are entitled for wanting to seek better opportunities without having to sit out a year, but it’s perfectly fine for their coaches, students who aren’t athletes, and oh yeah every other single professional in the “real world” us economy to do so. I’m sure you would have been perfectly happy if your employer colluded with all it’s competitors in it’s industry to not allow employees to switch firms without not working for a year.

            But yes kids nowadays are soooo entitled for wanting literally the same privileges as the people demanding their loyalty. The fabric of society will be irreparably torn if we let individuals make decisions in thier own best interests. Don’t they know the people above them have thier best interests at heart


          • ASEF

            Yours and my generation enforced conformity often via brutal means. The idea that your views are being suppressed is complete nonsense You’re being resisted and tuned out. Huge difference.

            Yes, people who want to whine about “kids today” can STFU. They’re not spending any time with them. They’re basing their opinions on news anecdotes, usually formatted to make angry old coots feel smugly superior.

            Get out and spend time with people.


  3. Whiskeydawg

    Everyone knows the best coaches keep their players dissatisfied and unhappy. The secret sauce to whiners – I mean winners!