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Jay Paterno on the current state of college coaching (very good read)

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Broken Promises, Useless Contracts: The Current State of Coaching

    As a professional lifer in college coaching I am unhappy about the current state of my profession. The big money and media attention has altered the pressures and the dynamics of the job.

    The word "coach" has been a title of respect. A college or high school coach has a great responsibility; he or she needs to remember that the sport is a part of a larger academic life for the student-athlete. The word "coach" should encompass the roles of educator, mentor, guidance counselor and manager of on-field duties.

    Years ago many of the men got into coaching in spite of the low pay. To give you some perspective, in 1966 Joe Paterno shook hands with Penn State President Eric Walker and was told the pay was $20,000 a year.

    There were no negotiations, no agents, no buyout clauses, and he was a tenured member of the faculty. Tenure was a bit of a safety net — and a reminder that the coach was part of an academic institution and not bigger than the institution.

    A coach with tenure. That idea seems quaint by today’s standards. Who needs tenure when you can pack your bags and bolt for the next job?

    The past few days have seen seismic movements in the world of college football coaching where vacancies have occurred at two of the more notable programs in the country.

    Pete Carroll bolted USC for the NFL. Some have suggested it is because the NCAA posse is heading towards campus to sort out a myriad of allegations. Pete Carroll has asserted the fact that it was time to move on to a new challenge.

    The vacancy at USC did not last long.

    A year ago The University of Tennessee took a shot at a young coach who had been fired following a 5-15 stint with the Oakland Raiders. That coach, Lane Kiffin, rewarded Tennessee for its hiring of him by bolting after one 7-6 season for the vacancy created at USC.

    The University of Tennessee paid out more than $5 million in coaching salaries (not to mention several million dollars to buy out the previous coach’s contract). At a time when universities are cutting staff and faculty, Tennessee spent more than $7 million to win seven games. A year later it is right back where it started.

    This profession has lost touch with the reality of the world around us, and some coaches have lost touch with what the mission of our profession should be.

    <<READ ON>>

    Edit: I forgot to include the link. And I shouldn't have included the entire article. Above is the link to read on to the half I've deleted.
     
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  2. Hugegroove

    Hugegroove Club Member Club Member

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    Great Read! Rep to you.:congrats:
     
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    Good read, why doesn't Penn State want this guy to succeed Joe Pa? He sounds like a chip off the old block, unless he just can't coach or something.
     
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    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Read the last comment to that article...the one by IrishBuff....:wow:
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    That's embarrassing. People have pretty much grown tired of sarcastic anti-Hawk posts on Buff boards. I'm sure they are really interested in reading them in relation to an article in the Penn State football online newsletter.
     
  6. zbuff

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    What? He got it right - he is a loser.
     
  7. huskermike

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    Great read. Thank you. I always liked JoePa . . . JayPa appears just as level headed.
     
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    If they were truly 100% in the dark over the Sandusky coverup, then I have sympathy for them. However, I think that's pretty darn unlikely. People talk.
     
  11. cubuffs85

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    The dark side of nepotism -- if Jay Paterno were Jay Smith, he'd be a lot better off right now.
     
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    If they were truly 100% in the dark over Sandusky then they were incompetent.


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    Jo Pa knew what Sandusky was doing, if he didn't then he was too stupid to have the head coaching job in the first place.
     
  14. cubuffs85

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    That's kind of my stance on JoePa's role in all of this, either way, he looks bad -- if he didn't know, he should've.
     
  15. MtnBuff

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    Penn State's own investgation found that Spanier, Schultz, and Curley (President, Vice President and AD) conspired over many years to cover up what Sandusky was doing. There have been $73 million in B1G fines accepted by the university and $59.7 million in civil suit settlements. In addition the school has spent millions in legal fees and lost millions in donations and revenues as a result of the scandal.

    No organization accepts these kinds of financial consequences if they don't know with certainty that they are guilty and that fighting is likely to result in even worse consequences.

    The real question here is did Jay Paterno know anything. As close as he was to his father and as long as this situation was playing out I would be shocked if he didn't have some substantive knowledge of what was going on.

    At the same time PSU didn't give him the name Paterno. I don't know about the other schools but if I were an AD in Boulder I wouldn't even give his a courtesy interview, the baggage is simply more than I want to deal with in that environment. And I could easily understand and agree with the public anger that would result.
     

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