The airwaves have been full of stories about Coach Mark Mangino and his treatment of KU players.

When does a coach cross the line with players?

The airwaves have been full of stories about Coach Mark Mangino and his treatment of KU players.
When does a coach cross the line with players?
I am totally tired of hearing that you can’t treat players like you did 30 years ago. Successful coaches have always treated their players with respect.
There are stories about Woody Hayes and Vince Lombardi, but the guys that they coached will tell you that they loved their coaches. In the case of Mangino, the reports indicate that he lacked the respect for his players that he has demanded for himself.
It is a two-way street. The coach should always be respected by his players but it is the job of the coach to motivate and provide discipline in a respectful way. It is wrong to publicly embarrass players and attempt to berate them into submission. Good leaders do not lead by fear.
Mangino is an excellent football coach by the X’s and O’s yardstick, but as the old saying goes, “It really isn’t about the X’s and O’s, it is about the Charlies and Joes.”
Mangino’s fate is still unknown, but when a past team captain comes out to discuss the coach’s abusive nature, his effectiveness in the program is forever damaged. Mutual respect makes the world go round.
A high profile coach in a high profile program has a responsibility to take the high road – THAT is true leadership!
• Bill Belichick’s notorious call has been exhausted by the media. No one knows his team like the coach. He has to make the final decision on what he believes is best for the team. I would have punted but I’m NOT the coach of the New England Patriots.
• I sure hope the Kansas City area high school teams in the state football championships bring home the gold. My career has been full of hearing propaganda about St. Louis teams.
• Todd Haley brings a whole new meaning to verbal abuse of players at the pro level.
• For all of the pseudo Chiefs fans who wore black and gold to the Pittsburgh game – stay home next time!
• My quote of the day is from English journalist William Hazlitt: “Where you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.”