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Today, my mom brought me a copy of the Sports Illustrated 2018 College Football Preview. One of the main stories in it for our area of the United States is the Wisconsin offensive line. I found the article online too, so you all can read it here. Let me tell you, Wisconsin is usually very productive and successful at 🏈, but I sense an even more special team than usual this coming season. The defense should be talented, but I’m especially pumped for the opportunities the big guys will create for Hornibrook and Taylor, two of their playmakers on offense!
Perhaps some teams have already started what I’m about to talk about in the wake of the tragic passing of Jordan McNair at Maryland. Those teams that haven’t, need to.
- Multiple check-ins with position coaches/grad assistants/student managers need to happen at every practice. Rather than reading through each name on the roster, divvy it up somehow. Coaches need to not only ask if everyone is ok, but anyone who looks ill should be taken to the on-field trainer immediately. For instance, with the 2018 University of Nebraska squad, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, and maybe a graduate assistant should check in often during practices with quarterbacks Andrew Bunch, Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez, Matt Masker, and Noah Vedral, to see how they feel. This should be documented on paper or phone app, and turned in to the college/university athletic department, and the athletic trainers/team doctors. I know paperwork can seem annoying, but, it’s much better than having athletes pass away. Schools that have enough athletic trainers or team doctors could maybe have those personnel handle this, as they’re more medically qualified, but coaches can also play a part. In the offseason, or weight room/strength and conditioning, strength coaches help as well.
- Coaches need to not only ask if everyone is ok, but anyone who looks ill should be taken to the on-field trainer immediately.
- Players need to be told to be HONEST. These checks are no time to try to seem macho, as things need attended to if they are not stable. It also needs to be stressed that LAZINESS and feeling horribly ill are not the same thing. This could get tricky. Some pain like heart pain might not be immediately visible. Colleges and universities and their attorneys, along with the N.C.A.A., need to have meetings together and discuss this. That’s the one thing that could be iffy with it. How do you prevent scenarios where athletes constantly say they feel terrible, even if they don’t. They could then sue the school for negligence, even if nothing is the matter with them. This needs to be discussed in meetings, and thought through.
- This probably needs to happen during games, too, and that’s where it might get tricky for coaches to do it. Maybe during games with a short halftime, coaches/trainers quickly verbally ask and document the team as a whole, writing down any players that raise their hand that they do not feel well. Maybe a team doctor/trainer can golf-cart it to the locker room first, and visually observe players as they come in from the field.
- All personnel inquiring of the players about injuries and state of well-being would be required to regularly go through training on how to do so.
- Team doctors should be checking the health and well-being of their athletes multiple times per season. Perhaps once-a-year physicals
- Perhaps databases can be made of all of the athletes. Athletes can check in as how to they feel as often as they want. Again, honesty is huge.
- Coaches should never make a decision on who does and does not feel well. There needs to be a process whereby once referred to a trainer for anything other than pre-game ankle-taping or standard pre-game therapy, a trainer or team doctor must sign-off completely on all players, before any kind of workouts can be resumed.
How about the two sides in the national anthem controversy meet in the middle? How about everyone stands, but we have the public address announcer ask the audience to refrain from speaking while the players have a chance to share from their heart on issues they feel strongly about for a couple of minutes before the game. These could even be pre-recorded videos or audio, if the guys were focused in on the game. Maybe during the week, the team videographers could record videos of different players sharing their hearts about the issues they are upset about. How about instead of protests, we give them an opportunity to be heard? Maybe if each individual player was uncomfortable doing that, teams could have whichever teammate felt the most comfortable sharing to be the one to do so. Must protesters always take a controversial route, or is there a way we can meet in the middle, and allow their voices to be heard, while still respecting the National Anthem?
I’m disgusted at how parent complaints are ruining high school sports! An example as of late that has me furious is how Carmel High School (Indiana) coach Tod Windlan was fired. Parents whined and bellyached to administration that he was too intense. I guess they want their kids to be coached by Mr. Rogers or Barney. An initial investigation found no reason to terminate Windlan’s coaching contract, but then for some strange reason, a week later, he was fired. Windlan led the Carmel Lady Greyhounds to a 25-3 record this past season, and had won 3 straight sectionals. Many of his star players have tweeted and made social media posts defending him. It hurts my heart to see how his family has had to suffer through this. Parents are RUINING high school sports! Why is it that administrators CAVE IN to these parents??? It’s garbage!!!
Check out my episode “Tod Windlan Is Being Treated Unfairly” from Clint Johnson on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/clintjohnson/episodes/Tod-Windlan-Is-Being-Treated-Unfairly-e1c84i
Zion Williamson has been committed to Duke University for a while now, but today, GoDuke.com posted an article saying that he had signed his National Letter of Intent. He will be joining Tre Jones, Cam Reddish, and RJ Barrett at Duke this summer. Zion is the 63rd McDonald’s All-American signed by Coach K a.k.a. Mike Krzyzewski. He’s had 33 straight years of signing at least one McDonald’s All-American. That’s mighty impressive if you ask me.
I think that John Calipari, the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball coach, should reach out to Mariah Carey, and ask her to do a parody of her song “Hero”! Kentucky has an incoming player named Tyler Herro! The two are so similarly spelled! It could be played at Kentucky games, and Wildcats fans would adore it! Coach Cal is probably too busy strategizing practice plans and recruiting, and his mind is more basketball oriented than clever-oriented, I would assume, but how awesome sauce would this idea be?
Non Trump Supporters Who Are Condemning And Horribly Mean On Compassionate Tweets Need A Coach Knight Down 20 At Halftime To Purdue Speech!
I hope you love the title! That’s exactly what a lot of people that are not pro Donald Trump need to have happen to them. They need to be in a locker room at halftime with Coach Bob Knight in rare form, absolutely chewing them out to the trillionth exponent!! It’s those kind of people that are really upsetting me and a lot of people. People from Canada are horrified at what people in our nation do! They are thankful that Donald Trump took the time to send condolences after the bus wreck. Some leftists, though, do not think about what kind of an image they are giving people of Canada.