Achtung, baby.

Shot.

“The days of the, you know, dictator-like head football coach, I think those days are numbered,” said SMU coach Sonny Dykes. “Your program has to be player-friendly. They need to be able to communicate with you and share their concerns, whether it’s concussions, whether it’s COVID, whether it’s social justice. You need to listen and do what’s best for the young people.

“That’s the role of the head coach: to create a culture where they’re comfortable sharing those things with you and they don’t worry about retaliation or something silly like that.”

Chaser.

For both Murphy and Green, the pillars of the kind of athlete compensation system they envision — guaranteed scholarships, robust health care, salaries — are about broader power dynamics. Athletes at risk of losing their scholarships often fear speaking out about NCAA violations and unethical practices: overly harsh football practices in summer heat; coaches making return-to-play decisions when that is supposed to be the domain of medical professionals; academic fraud; and racist comments.

“The power these coaches have over kids is almost absolute,” Murphy said. “There is no way a kid can speak out if he feels his situation is unsteady.”

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23 responses to “Achtung, baby.

  1. 123fakest

    Brought to you by Charmin.

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  2. Pretty soon coaches will be obsolete, there will be football advisors because the coaches are too mean. jeez.

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  3. ASEF

    Developing leadership among your players is a good thing. Dictator coaching runs opposite of that.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AlabamaFTBL/status/1276228506893127680

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  4. DawgPhan

    There is overwhelming evidence that diversity and inclusion create stronger businesses. Coaches would be better coaches if they actively engaged in the non-football aspects of a player’s life. If player felt comfortable about bringing their true self to the football buildings.

    It’s Sonny Dykes saying that coaches have to change, not some player or advocate. It doubt anyone would call him soft.

    Things are upside for everyone right now. The places that making sure to focus on their people are the businesses that are going to thrive.

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    FFS… “overly harsh practices in the summer heat.”

    We are seeing, finally, what I’ve been worried about for quite some time.

    These fucking kids don’t want to have to push through or suffer through ANY kind of hardship or adversity in their lives.

    Safe spaces have come to the fucking football field.

    We have raised a generation of pussies. That’s the long and short of it. They cry and scream when people disagree with them politically. They believe their feelings mean more than facts. They believe they have a right to never be offended. And now they believe they can tell adults what to think, believe, and do.

    Fuck this generation. They should’ve all been spanked. Would’ve done them and their idiot parents some good.

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    • Yeah, fuck that “overly harsh” bullshit. Jordan McNair was a pussy.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Yeah Senator… you know know… that is EXACTLY what I meant. It’s not a good practice unless someone dies.

        Yep. That’s what I meant. Such keen insight. 🙄

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        • These fucking kids don’t want to have to push through or suffer through ANY kind of hardship or adversity in their lives.

          Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s you writing ANY in all caps.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            Yes Senator, that’s exactly what I meant. Death. Can’t have a good practice without death. Lot’s of death. If you don’t break Fall Camp with half your team dead, you haven’t been hard enough on them,

            The point you think you’re making here, you’re not. Maybe take a step back and realize that, because man… I suffered through Parris Island in July, August, and September. To call that “harsh” is not quite enough.

            Football coaches have long used a military mentality in their practices and how they speak to their players in order to break them down and then build them up again as a unit, as a team. It’s worked. It makes selfish children into better men.

            If you don’t understand that, that’s on you. Also, the size of the strawman you’ve created here cannot be measured by any math I know. And I think you know that.

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            • So you wrote ANY, but you didn’t mean ANY. And then you throw out your familiar straw man accusation. Look in the mirror, brother.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                How does one take this statement:

                These fucking kids don’t want to have to push through or suffer through ANY kind of hardship or adversity in their lives.

                And extrapolate a connection to what happened to Jordan Davis, and then insinuate I would prefer anyone go through that kind of evil?

                Seriously, how does one come to make that connection and believe that of me? You know, we may disagree on some things, but I’ve always understood that we likely agree on far more than we disagree, and I would never subscribe this kind of ridiculousness to your thought process. But you did to mine, and yes, it is a strawman, because it is ridiculous and has nothing to do with what I said. Not a damn thing. Again, the point you think you’re making, you’re not.

                Did the original quote mention Jordan Davis? Jordan Davis isn’t mentioned or alluded to. There’s a difference between “harsh practices in summer heat” and what DJ Durkin was doing in Maryland. The leap in logic it took to connect those two points would easily cross the Grand Canyon.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                Context, nuance, and common sense.

                I shouldn’t have to qualify the “ANY” in my statement with “of course I don’t mean practices that cause players to die.”

                Why?

                Because I should be able to trust that the adults in the room can look at that statement and discern the context, be able to understand nuance, and if they have trouble with the first two, have some damned common sense.

                My apologies for making that assumption. You’re right. That’s on me.

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                • DawgPhan

                  But you did the same thing to the first comment. You took their legit concern about overly harsh practices in the heat and called them all pussies who dont want to push through ANY hardship.

                  We all know that some days the heat and humidity require that you dial it back a little. We can also assume that there are coaches who dont dial it back putting their players in danger, much like the Maryland coach did.

                  It’s weird that you did that first to start all this, and then get all emotional about how dare someone not give your comments the widest most beneficial reading possible.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  Again, that’s a logical leap that lacks common sense and nuance. The quote says harsh practices in summer heat, and that is sure as hell not the same thing as practice conditions that lead to player death. They’re just not. To assume they’re the same thing is ridiculous. To conflate the two is just dumb. It lacks common sense and nuance.

                  If they were talking about practice conditions that led to player death THEY WOULD SAY THAT. But they don’t. The quote simply says “harsh practices in summer heat.” You and the Senator are the ones here making the assumption, not me. I’m taking the quote for what it is.

                  Plenty of us have been through situations like that and come through better for it, and yes, they were harsh, and we may have hated them, but no one tried to get a coach fired because of it. Imagine trying to get your Drill Instructor fired for throwing you the pit for an hour in August.

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                • Gurkha Dawg

                  Corch, imitating Derek is not a good look. Jordan Davis is dead? That’s news to me.

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                • I should take you seriously, but not literally. 😉

                  Perhaps, then, you should apply the same standards to others before you lob the straw man stuff. Just sayin’.

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          • Anonymous

            Yes, he wrote ANY in all caps. When saying that they kids don’t want to push through or suffer through ANY kind of hardship means that they don’t want to go through even trivial ‘hardship’. You are an educated man. You should be able to keep your self-righteousness from interfering with your ability to read..

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    • Brandon M

      It’s just as much an effect of the times we’ve lived in for the last 70 years. The country and life within it has pretty much been a nice easy cruise since WWII. Difficult times make hard/tough people. Good times make weak people.

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      • DawgPhan

        So you, brave internet warrior have been battle hardened in the comment wars, but college football player is a giant pussy born of the easy streets of america.

        Got it.

        You nailed it.

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  6. Tony BarnFart

    So Senator, to piggy back off the pissing match above, would you say you agree with (1) none (2) a little (3) some (4) most or (5) all of the blocked quote ?

    My thought is that somebody, at some point, is going to tell the vast majority of these kids to go fuck themselves with all their demands. Not sure whether that’s the system at large, the schools, fans—but this is getting ridiculous. They’re 18yr olds playing football, not saving the world. Most of them are not good enough to be paid to play football. Many of them are not smart enough to be attending the university they are attending but for football. They have a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION… maybe they should pipe the fuck down and actually listen, particularly if they’re someone lucky enough to be attending Georgia while getting a 900 on their SAT. There’s always ditch digging.

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