Whoever says “I kind of like old fashioned discipline” has never taken a basketball off the head, I can assure you.
But there’s a reason beyond political correctness why coaches who yell and intimidate players have fallen by the wayside: it doesn’t work anymore. In fact, it never did.
Earlier this week, video was released of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice yelling at his players during a practice session. He also threw basketball at them, kicked them and called them f***ots. After initially suspending him and fining him, the school succumbed to the pressure rising from the internet, and fired Rice, who has since issued a mea culpa.
Always politicizing the life that goes on around him, Mr. Know-It-All Sean Hannity, said yesterday on FOX News that he “kind of likes old fashioned discipline” and that this was another sign of the wussify-ing of America. It’s political correctness in action according to Hannity.
Someone who says that never had a basketball whipped off his head from point blank range. Hannity goes on to say that Rice was “trying to raise their game” and do that “you need intensity”.
Here’s an idea, Sean. Why don’t you quit politicizing everything and think? Everything isn’t conservative vs. liberal. Do some GD research. Ever hear of John Wooden? Ever hear of the “Pyramid of Success“? Ever talk to Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton about Wooden?
Watch and learn in this video about how Wooden instilled discipline without yelling, and watch at how the players tell this story. The respect they have for the man, and he for them is palpable.
Wooden coached at UCLA — and may have had a few years of success — and his teams played with an intensity beyond compare.
Bobby Knight had some success at Indiana and he was a “yeller”, but he also was a teacher and many of his ex-players will tell you they shrugged off the yelling and it didn’t have any effect on them. If anything, they were embarrassed for him. And one has to wonder if he wouldn’t have been more successful, had he been able to quell his anger.
In his book “Season On The Brink”, John Feinstein writes that Knight had a epiphany over how to treat his players.
“He [Knight] was more patient. He seemed to understand that this was a young team, an inexperienced team, a fragile team. It was a team that had to be nurtured, not bullied”
Even the old General figured it out.
The “yelling” coach has gone by the wayside because IT DOESN’T WORK!! (Sorry for yelling) It never has, it never will. Does one, as a coach, have to yell to get a point across every once in awhile? Absolutely. But if yelling is all you do, eventually young people will tune it out.
My younger brother had a yelling coach for his senior year of high school. The only thing he took away from playing for the guy was a drop dead impersonation. That was how he told me the guys dealt with him, they mocked him behind his back. No respect given, no respect returned.
Guys like John Wooden are few and far apart, to be sure. But the era of the yelling coach isn’t coming to close because of some weird liberal agenda, it’s coming to a close because it’s a losing proposition.
FYI — Something Hannity didn’t bring up. Mike Rice’s record at Rutgers. The results of all the yelling? 29-58 overall , 11-25 in the Big East Conference.
To be fair, he did have success at Robert Morris prior to going to Rutgers, but to be fair, we don’t have video of how he treated those guys, either. Maybe he was nicer.