Woods crossed line, should know better
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
There is a coach being driven, but then there is a coach being wrong.
There is fiery intensity, but then there is a self-destructive tantrum.
There is a bar to raise, but then there is a line not to cross.
The line has been a little busy lately. And it shouldn’t be.
Morehead State’s Sean Woods will not be coaching his team’s next basketball outing, serving a one-game suspension from his school. Another coach, another overheated moment when the actions moved faster than the brain. And then, of course, another apology.
Woods said he is sorry for pushing one of his players the other night during the Kentucky game. “Inappropriate and unacceptable,” he called his actions.
Just like Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville said he was sorry about slapping the headphones off a graduate assistant, though it was nice he at least left the guy his ears. “You don’t do things like that,” he said afterward.
Just like Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen said he felt bad about spraying the Air Force coach with four-letter words from the wild blue yonder after a game — on Military Appreciation Day in Laramie. “My actions reflected negatively on our program,” he mentioned.
Just like Washington State football coach Mike Leach regrets … well, it’s hard to know if he regrets many of the things he’s said, being Mike Leach. But an investigation by the school goes on into one player’s charge of abuse.
Guys, guys, guys. It shouldn’t have to be this way.
Woods was hired to put steel into the Morehead program, and there is nothing wrong with being demanding, unyielding and a drill sergeant with a lineup card. The Eagles played Kentucky tough before losing 81-70, and Woods’ fire was no doubt one reason why.
But there is everything wrong with actions that would appear to have no steering wheel. You don’t push a player … [For more on Sean Woods crossed a line, and he should know better, click here.]