Control freaks matter.

It’s been interesting, to say the least, to watch the sudden outpouring of complaints from both current and former college athletes regarding their treatment by coaches at places like Utah and Iowa.

This one, in particular, was a real eye-opener, both in terms of its detail and pain. You should read it in its entirety.  Johnson-Koulianos can’t opine to whether Ferentz is racist, so I’m certainly not going there, but one thing I am fairly certain of comes from this quote:

In one of our private meetings, he threatened me by saying “I don’t care how much pressure I receive from the media to play you; you’re leaving in a year and my contract just got renewed, so I’m going to be here whether I play you or not.”

When I read that, and stuff like this…

… it’s easy to understand why coaches are strongly opposed to the one-time transfer waiver rule.

The one thing that amazes me is how long they’ve been able to keep a lid on stuff like this.  Control works, until it doesn’t, I guess.

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24 responses to “Control freaks matter.

  1. Cynical Dawg

    Beat writers and broadcasters are terrified to reveal any of this lest they lose their precious “access” to the program. The only time the public gets wind of this is when players speak out and the topic can’t be avoided, or if the AD is ready to fire a coach and needs a convenient excuse.

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  2. gastr1

    Almost nothing said in a locker room or in practice, by either coaches or players, is a surprise to me. I’m surprised that others are still surprised.

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    • To be clear, it’s not the specific language that surprises me. It’s the sudden outpouring of it that does.

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      • Dawg in Austin

        I would suggest that the threshold for speaking out lowers each time someone else does. It will be interesting to see if former white players do the same, or current players of any color.

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  3. mddawg

    I’m curious to know what kind of skeletons might be in UGA’s closet, but I’m terrified that we may actually find out one day.

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  4. Jack Burton

    “In one of our private meetings, he threatened me by saying “I don’t care how much pressure I receive from the media to play you; you’re leaving in a year and my contract just got renewed, so I’m going to be here whether I play you or not.”“

    Is this supposed to be uncalled for? Serious question. I don’t see anything wrong with this comment.

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    • Depends on your point of view, I suppose. I doubt the player agrees with you.

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      • Mayor

        FWIW I think that statement is pretty petty and not warranted from someone of Ferentz’s stature but it’s Mickey Mouse and straining at nats to complain about it. Certainly not a racist statement or even intimidating. Sort of childish actually.

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    • Brandon M

      Context is everything here. With this statement alone and nothing else to go off of… I completely agree with you. But it can be read or twisted and mean whatever you want it to mean.

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      • That’s why I provided the link and suggested reading the story in its entirety.

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        • Brandon M

          I was pretty busy this morning… however after reading the entire piece… Kirk Ferentz comes off as a worthless piece of shit the likes of Corch or Petrino and needs to be fired. If this was a one-off statement, I’d take it with a grain of salt but with all the other people coming out of the woodwork with not so great things to say, If I were Iowa, I’d move on. This is not a good look for them.

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          • 123fakest

            It’s also not a good look for people to call for someone’s job over what might or might not have been said? Just stop with this.

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    • Pretty sure all of us have had a similar comment made by a “so called superior” in our work lives.

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      • I thought college athletes aren’t employees.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I take “superior” to mean Coach…

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          • Jack Klompus

            Coach or Corch?

            In case its been forgotten…we all can walk away from that boss and are free to find another job any time we’d like. The players… well they face consequences if they chose that path.

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      • Dewey Cheatem, Esq.

        Mr. Jagger, I represent the musical artist Sting. Your use of the phrase “so-called superior” is a copyright infringement of my client’s lyrics. We demand you either cease and desist from the use of this phrase or cite my client as co-writer of the phrase.

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    • Gregg

      Heard a lot worse from my HS coach

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  5. DawgPhan

    It’s why we needed more open transfer rules. Coaches have been using playing time and transfer rules to cover their abuse as long as there have been coaches.

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  6. Texas Dawg

    Sounds like with these guys it is about the coach being an asshole (no surprise there) not anything racial. I would suspect that the attitudes vary widely from the starters to the high level recruits that did not see much playing time.

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  7. Seems that particular article is no longer available on the Hawkeye Nation website.

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    • Argondawg

      Yeah somebody killed that link. Can’t imagine why. Nice story you got there. Would be a shame if something happened to it.

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