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Posted on 11/17/2013 2:09:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
A New Jersey family is calling for an investigation of a Rutgers University football coach over an alleged bullying incident in which the coach berated a scholarship player during a study hall and threatened to head-butt him.
NJ.com reports Mark and Clarice Tyree say Rutgers Defensive Coordinator Dave Cohen established a pattern of verbally abusing their son, Jevon Tyree a defensive back during practices and team functions before their relationship escalated into threats of violence during a study hall in the spring.
He was just trying to really make me feel as if I was soft, Jevon Tyree told NJ.com. He got all up in my face. Coach Cohen has a lisp, so he was in my face, telling me hell head-butt me, and he was kind of spitting in my face as he was saying it. I was just pulling my head back, looking at him like, Is this guy out of his mind? Is he crazy?
Following the incident, Jevon Tyree a touted Garden State high school recruit - said he saw his role significantly diminished, until he requested the revocation of his scholarship and an exit from the team last week.
NJ.com reports Mark and Clarice Tyree have previously met with Cohen, who they say acknowledged the study hall incident, as well as Head Coach Kyle Flood on Sept. 16. Flood, they reportedly said, told them he disciplined Cohen, but refused to divulge the defensive coordinators punishment, calling it an, in-house matter.
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".........His appeal is about more than just winning.
Kush represents a style of coaching many lament as a lost art. His practices were intense and detail-oriented. Mistakes often led to punishment, whether it was running up and down "Mount Kush" near Camp Tontozona, or being subjected to "Bull in the Ring," in which two players engage in contact while circled by other players.
"He was a disciplinarian for sure," said former ASU baseball coach Bobby Winkles, a close friend. "But he was a teacher first. I don't think coaches do that anymore. It's a different time. They let their assistants handle things. But I think that's what made Frank so successful."
More than a few players Friday admitted they didn't appreciate Kush until after they left the program.
"Danny hated him," Wilford "Whizzer" White said of his son, former ASU quarterback Danny White. "He didn't love him until after he left."
After back-to-back 9-3 seasons, Kush's world was rocked in September 1979, when former punter Kevin Rutledge filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against Kush, his staff and the school, accusing them of mental and physical harassment that forced him to transfer. The most serious charge said Kush had punched Rutledge in the mouth after a bad punt in an October 1978 game.
Kush was fired in October 1979 for interfering with the school's internal investigation, a decision that came just hours before ASU's home game against Washington. Kush was allowed to coach his team and was carried off the field after the win. Fans were vocal during the game about their displeasure with the decision.
Two years later, a jury ruled that Kush had not hit Rutledge. Kush went on to coach in the Canadian Football League, NFL and United States Football League.
It seems like such a long time ago.
Kush said he's not bitter about the sour ending, because so many great experiences preceded it. It was clear he enjoyed himself Friday. As his players stood up and shared stories, he often ran to them in fake disgust and tried to pull them away.
That's Kush, who had an impact in Tempe beyond the football field........................"
Powder-puff football isn't just for girls anymore.
Poor baby. The coach should have kissed the sob!
The wussification of American men.
Yeah...if you’ve ever read “Meat On The Hoof” by Gary Shaw, this is how they free up their scholarships for those who are going to play.
I disagree in this case and others like it...coaches have no business verbally assaulting their players, especially outside the locker room and off the field. It’s not professional, and it’s certainly not conducive to a positive educational environment. It’s one thing to motivate players, but a another to simply bully them. I’ve seen it myself and know exactly what these players are talking about. High school and college athletics is NOT USMC boot camp, with coaches trying to channel R. Lee Ermey.
Scholarships are given to get good players.
Shape up or ship out, or “self-deport” out of the program.
If you don't like how some one is treating you just call them a bully and every body is suppose to gang up on them and make them stop.
I was at that game where Frank Kush was carried off. There were so many signs. Our student section was pretty animated.
What was funny in the coming days, a building called COB (classroom office building) had a sign hung over it now calling it the Kevin Rutledge Building. (i assume meaning the future lawsuit)
“Maybe “poker” isn’t your game. I know, let’s have a spelling contest.”
What’s that supposed to mean?
It’s a quote from “Tombstone.”
OK, so what’s Doc Holliday got to do with out-of-control coaches?
"Tombstone" had a lot of it.
Doc Holliday`s Shot Glass At the 2:00 mark.
This has gotten out of hand.
I’ve never been on a athletic team who’s coach wasn’t tough, threatening, physical. That’s their job, push the athlete beyond his/her limits.
Heck, my jr. high phys ed teacher carried a sock filled w/ sawdust and wasn’t afraid to use it.
This self-esteem BS has these prima-donnas thinking they’re special, unable to accept criticism.
“Scholarships are given to get good players.”
Sure....and not everybody is gonna make it....but wouldn’t it be nice if this could be handled in a more....uh....civilized manner instead of playing all these games?
Of course, we could argue that once the player realizes he isn’t up to snuff then he ought to give up his scholarship without a fuss. But at the same time, the coaches should stop making big promises about how that scholarship is yours forever and you’re guarnteed a free education, even if you don’t make the team.
I’m not an expert on recruiting, but it really seems like this is an issue that could be dealt with with a few simple rule changes. I mean, heck, let’s face it, once they’re off the football team 90% of these kids are gonna flunk out in one semester....so why not give to them free?
If you have ever played football that headline is kind of funny...
In other news, Rutgers football team claims they were bullied on the field yesterday by the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
“They kept pushing us around and being mean” said one defensive player defensively. “They wouldn’t let us catch the ball, too!” said a weeping offensive player.
“Bullies!” the team wept aloud in unison!
No kidding. For the first couple of years I thought the face mask was a “Coaches handle.”
Poor baby, you got a free ride to school in exchange for playing some foosball and now they are hurting your feelings and stuff???? Buncha wussies.
Maybe it’s time we stop keeping score in the games, it just hurts too many feelings.
Buchanan, whose team is averaging 69.3 points a game and is on its way to a 7-0 record, said he is not sure what else he could have done besides telling his players to take a knee.
"I'm not gonna tell a kid that comes out here and practices six to seven hours a week trying to get ready for football games Hey, you can't score a touchdown if you get in, you're gonna have to take a knee,' cause that may be the only touchdown that kid gets to score in his high school career, Buchanan told MyFoxDFW.com........"
Shoot... in high school I was bullied by our Evil Gym Teacher (lesbian hag). Everybody’s bullied some time during life.
Time to get the girls out of Football!
Bird and a Tree "Prior to finding out the gender of my 2nd child, I joked that it would have to be a girl or my dollhouse would be turned into a fire station or something like that.
Now that I have a son and daughter, I've found that I'm very sensitive to gender-oriented toys. We had an incredibly difficult time finding a gender neutral doll for my son in a big box store to help him prepare for his sibling and when my mom set out to buy him a set of kitchen dishes and foods, she ran into the same problem. It's not an issue of a boy carrying around a pink doll or playing with pink dishes; I don't worry about that. However, I do have an issue that this is all that was offered as I wouldn't even want that for my daughter. I also find myself getting increasingly heated when I see photos of boys behind lawn mowers and girls behind vacuums on toy boxes. It seems my Liberal Arts degree is allowing me to tap into my inner Betty Friedan.
So the other day my husband and I took my dollhouse out of "storage" (it was on top of the washer and dryer with a sheet over it, so I'm calling that storage) and cleaned it up for Tree to enjoy........."
I guess guys like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Yul Brynner would be “bullies” by today’s standards. Where I come from we call them “men”. Coaches turn boys into men but the drag ueen wearing panses want every man limp wristed and gay like themselves. The socialists want them removed too because they’re the backbone of America that stands in their way of accomplishing their sick and twisted goals.. If you want to play a sport you have to be broken down and then built back up to develop discipline to give you perseverence and drive to accomplish your goals. Even an 8 year old can understand this. Get tired of hearing everyone called bullies by the Alinskytes. We know what tgeir end game is. The’re wienies nd I think its time to ive them a wedgie...: )
Recently I got my feelings hurt by the TSA when I had to take my boots off. They were meanies.
At some point, I was “bullied” by every coach I ever played for.
Losers who would not have made it cry to get something out of it. Retired players paraded around to bring to light thier head injuries caused by this evil game football. The media campaign pushed by the left to emasculate the sport is evident. Foundations are being pulled down everyday to create a sense of hoplessness and dependency
I guess guys like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Yul Brynner would be bullies by todays standards. Where I come from we call them men. Coaches turn boys into men but the drag ueen wearing panses want every man limp wristed and gay like themselves. The socialists want them removed too because theyre the backbone of America that stands in their way of accomplishing their sick and twisted goals.. If you want to play a sport you have to be broken down and then built back up to develop discipline to give you perseverence and drive to accomplish your goals. Even an 8 year old can understand this. Get tired of hearing everyone called bullies by the Alinskytes. We know what their end game is. There wienies and I think its high time we gave them a wedgie...: )
Mistake 1........ going to Rutgers
Mistake 2........ playing football at Rutgers
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I don’t call it bullying, I call it character building. I can just see this coming soon to the military. Recruits charging that their drill instructors were bullying them. College sports and the military is no place for wussies. Some people just aren’t cut out for it. If you get your feelings hurt easily, then go into a less in your face profession or sport.
Better a coach that gets in your face to tell you what you should/shouldn’t do, than a coach who doesn’t do something to mold you into the best player possible...
Kush was not liked or respected in the coaching community
The reason John Elway was so adamant about not going to Baltimore in the 1982 NFL Draft...and ended up in Denver instead...was John’s father, Jack Elway (a college football head coach himself), knew all about Kush and did not want John to play for him. Kush at the time was head coach of the Baltimore Colts
John Elway was a top baseball draft pick, and would have went pro baseball had the draft trade to Denver was not made
Frank Kush would have been back in college football as a head coach, but schools would not touch him. He was recruiting poison
I despise the football/locker room culture
It is crass, it is foul, it is cruel, it is ignorant
I like smart football, not thug football and thug football is what is being played.
My son had a coach that was fabulous and those boys would have done anything for their coach. They were with this coach for 5 fabulous years and one year were undefeated in their league even playing against big mean thugs. They were smarter than the average kid, all of them. Some of their parents drove from other cities so their kids could be on the team. They played football that was smart, intelligent. They were in good shape physically and mentally. There was no bullying, taunting, humiliation. There was an air of challenging themselves, having each other’s back, and pure enjoyment of the game.
These sick locker room domination themes are repulsive and unAmerican.
It is the responsibility of the defense to prevent scores. The offense is charged with scoring points.
Correct....coaches really do not need to bully. there are much better ways to motivate and train
One of these days, one of these fat, balding, out of shape coaches is going to get killed by one of his own players. Those who are chirping “there is no such thing as bullying” will be the first ones to go throw the book at a player who severly injure or kill a coach who is bullying.
Rutgers U has a major problem with its athletic program. They have made repeated bad judgement in hiring and disciplining their staff in various sports. It got covered up a lot when Greg Schiano was football coach because they were winning...now its quite evident with what is going on w Tampa Bay Bucs that Schiano is a prickhead.
I bet the Big Ten now is finding a way to dump Rutgers....what a dumb move bringing them in
I happen to agree with what you say about berating a player off the field. That said the player in this case is a full fledged PUSSY.
Back in the day had he whined like this he would have had his ass kicked by the rest of the team and probably by the cheer leaders as well.
What kind of example is a teacher that acts this way in the presence of impressionable students? Would that be tolerated from an English or Math teacher? Is that an effective teaching method? Is screaming, spitting, & threatening, IN PUBLIC, the correct way to resolve a dispute or discipline a subordinate? Does that work at home or at work, or does it just create bigger problems?
Now, I have no problem with intense coaching on the field. Football is a tough sport, requiring tough players. But a coach has no business physically threatening or hitting his players, on or off the field, which is a crime.
Imagine how much more respect this coach would command if he left his aggression on the field & was a model of decorum in the classroom. That would be an example kids desperately need.
Now, for some of these kids, they may come away from such an experience better able to handle the adversities of life - “what doesn't kill you makes you stronger”. But, others will get from this that it is OK to bully, scream, & threaten to get their way. Physical might trumps right.
Isn't that what the gangbangers believe? Isn't that what drives much of the violence in our society?
“Character building”? Are you daft? And yes, drill sergeants do take it too far, I was a JAG in the 80s and I kept all the records of the trainee abuse reports. Have you never seen the old rubrick “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”? These sociopaths get power over people and take advantage for no good reason. I dare to say there are many sociopathic types in football as our selfish depraved domineering sick society crumbles.
The locker room is a sick awful place in many cases and Rutgers is one where it is known. Pitt State was/is another. It is a national embarrassment.
“Kush was not liked or respected in the coaching community
The reason John Elway was so adamant about not going to Baltimore in the 1982 NFL Draft...and ended up in Denver instead...was Johns father, Jack Elway (a college football head coach himself), knew all about Kush and did not want John to play for him. Kush at the time was head coach of the Baltimore Colts
John Elway was a top baseball draft pick, and would have went pro baseball had the draft trade to Denver was not made
Frank Kush would have been back in college football as a head coach, but schools would not touch him. He was recruiting poison”
Ask any Montessori teacher and she will tell you little boys love to play with the play kitchen. That does not make them sissies—it is perfectly normal. Thank heavens you know that.
A jury doesn’t rule that a defendant didn’t do something—only that it wasn’t established with sufficient certainty that he did it.
My God. How times have changed. When I played HS football in the 1960s getting harassed and abused and ridiculed and kicked in the ass was standard fare. We all accepted it for what it was: Football practice.
You must be a youngster.
When the kids realized I'm a Vietnam veteran, I'd work it, and that got more out of them in terms of inspiration than all of coach's bluster. I never laid a hand on those kids except the for proverbial pat on the shoulder when they tried to excel. I learned that innovation can go farther than threats any day.
Yeah, I'll bet you did!
Someone needs to tell that to Will Muschamp. Glad you guys won, I'd rather see Spurrier win the East, than Mizzou.
Sorry, but football is not the end-all, be-all in life. It's a GAME that is ultimately meaningless, and no amount of chest beating and tough talk will justify the abuse that goes on within many high school and college athletic programs.