News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Wayside Furniture

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Problems with college coaching may have to do with more than coaches
In the name of discipline, or just to win, coaches sometimes get carried away -- and their programs don't stop them
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Terry Pluto says coaches can decide whether to try to out-street their kids, or teach them
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Download (WKSU Only)

Abusive coaches are under fire in college athletics. And Rutgers, soon to join Ohio State in the Big 10, got a double-barrel blast in April when basketball coach Mike Rice was fired and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned over video of Rice verbally and physically abusing players.

Now, there may be another shot. Julie Hermann, hired to replace Pernetti, is accused of being abusive to her players when she coached volleyball at the University of Tennessee 15 years ago.

WKSU Commentator Terry Pluto says, along with head scratching over Hermann’s hiring, something more must be considered.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:26)


Rutgers not alone
One question, Pluto says, is why Rutgers picked Hermann. But a bigger one, he says, is: What’s going on here in sports?  Seal of Rutrgers, the State University of New Jersey, and one of the nation's ten oldest colleges

Pluto recalls other examples of abuse – caught on national TV – including Morehead State Coach Sean Woods shoving one of his guards as he was coming off the floor and then going down the court “berating him face to face.”Pluto says he recognizes that “players will drive you nuts.” But he says some coaches forget what they’re there for and confuse abuse with discipline.

“I have a theory: You cannot ‘out-street’ your kids. …You think these kids come from the street, and on the street they talk a certain way. And therefore, for me to communicate with them, I have to go down to the street level.

“No,” says Pluto. “You actually are a coach. You are there to raise them up.”

Good examples
Among the coaches he says get the difference is Lenny Wilkens, whose teams included the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“He rarely swore at players,” Pluto says, in part because it wasn’t his style. But Pluto says Wilkens also told him, ‘I have the ultimate club, … I control their minutes. That’s the only way I could control players who make more money than I do in the NBA.’”

But many coaches don’t want to answer for that decision, he says. “They don’t want to go on ESPN and say, ‘I’m sitting Jimmy Jumpshot because he acted like a jerk in practice.”

"But what really would speak to Jimmy is he doesn’t play.”

Another coach who "gets it" 

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters -- Terry Pluto says, he does it rightCleveland State coach Gary Waters is another coach Pluto says does not humiliate  players. In an ironic twist, Pluto notes that he was brought in to clean up Rutgers after a former coach included naked free-throw shooting drills in his practices. But he was fired because he didn’t win enough.

Pluto says that’s no excuse for dodging meaningful discipline.

“It’s on the coach, it’s on the athletic director, it’s on the president. You say, ‘This is how  we want to run our program. And coach if you want to suspend your star player, … I don’t care if it’s the middle of February and we’re on national TV, if … that’s what it takes, suspend him, I’m behind you."

Related Links & Resources
Sport Illustrated on Hermann not resigning

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Third-grade charter school students fail state testing
A partisan anti-charter group came out with analysis that ODE says is based on incorrect data. So why is this a story? It doesn't seem to rise to WKSU's typic...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University