Skip to comments.Rutgers University football player claims he was bullied by coach
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.”