When does “go team” become “go away coach”? When the coach does something bonkers! And that happens all the time it seems. It was hard to narrow this story down to just five, but we did. Let’s see who made the cut, shall we?
Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired one day after video was leaked to ESPN that showed him verbally and physically assaulting his players. He was suspended for three days and fined $50,000 in December, but he only got the boot after the leaked video showed him at practice chucking balls at players, grabbing them by their jerseys and calling them names.
That’s a picture of him at left. It’s not hard to find a picture of a hard-working coach looking crazy, even if he’s not. But in this case, it seems like he might be a bit crackers.
4. Mike Leach
Texas Tech Head Football Coach Mike Leach was fired after he allegedly made an injured player stand in a storage shed and on another occasion reportedly made the same player stand in an electrical closet. The best part of the story is how Leach’s attorney told the reporter that the “shed” in question was more like a cozy “garage” and the “electrical closet” was in fact a “media room.”
The report states many locals sided with the coach, a guy who once blamed a game loss on distractions caused by the players “fat little girlfriends.” Charming.
3. Bobby Petrino
This married father of four, pictured at right, coached the University of Arkansas football team until a motorcycle crash he suffered unearthed an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer. The then 51-year-old Petrino had hired a 25-year-old as student-athlete development coordinator. She was engaged, he had given her a $20,000 gift and he initially lied and said no one else was involved in the crash even though she was on the bike.
Four days later the truth about the accident and their relationship came out. He apologized and lost out on more than $21 million that remained on his contract. But don’t shed a tear for him — somehow he landed another job only eight months after the scandal and is now coaching at Western Kentucky University.
Source: Bleacher Report
2. Mike Hvizdo
Weston High School in Connecticut fired this basketball coach for appearing in a 9-minute-long comedy film called “Forbidden Fruit.” The comedy was made a decade before his coaching duties, and although the title is saucy, it was said to be R-rated. After an anonymous tipster emailed this to the school, the superintendent fired him or made him resign depending on who you asked.
But CBS news covered the story, tons of angry parents who supported Hvizdo came to his defense, and he got his job back. In this case, although the movie sounds like it might’ve been dumb, it’s the school that was truly stupid in this case. PS In my past I have played a hooker on Conan multiple times so who do you think I’m going to side with here?
1. Pat Lynch
As head football coach for the Bisons, a high school team in Johnson County Wyoming, Pat Lynch compiled a 96-40 record and took the Bison to six state championship games.
But one very stupid move put an end to his 22-year coaching gig: He put out a “Hurt Feelings” survey (partially pictured, left) for his players with boxes for them to check that said things like ‘I am a queer’, ‘I am a cry baby’ and ‘I am a little b****’.
He technically resigned but, oddly, he got to keep his job as a guidance counselor.
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