College coaching comes with risks
- Article Source
DeShazo, S. (2015, October 15). DeShazo: College coaching comes with risks. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from http://www.fredericksburg.com/sports/deshazo/deshazo-college-coaching-comes-with-risks/article_07d047be-5969-5c16-94d4-6cafa9e14da9.html
- Article Topic
This article came about in the aftermath of some shift in the college coaching world. As mentioned in the article, Randy Edsall, Steve Sarkisian and Steve Spurrier had head-coaching jobs at big-time college programs with seven-figure salaries. But as of today, they are all out of work. Their circumstances varied. Edsall was fired; Sarkisian suspended, then fired; Spurrier stepped down voluntarily, saying he was “resigning, not retiring.” At the root of it all, the bottom line was essentially the same: losing too often. The main point of the article was this: “But for better or worse, big-time college sports are morphing into a version of the pros, including talk of paying athletes. That makes winning all the most critical.”
As someone who enjoys watching college football, and someone who grew up without much of a father in her life, I often looked to my coaches as figures for guidance. These men and women helped shape me into the woman I am today, and for their impact and support, I am forever grateful. This article relates to this course because it focuses on the role of coaching and points about how it seems these days that coaches ride or die on their record and results. Instead of valuing the importance of the positive impact coaches can have on our players’ lives, what seems to matter most are the wins and losses. I personally think this is very shallow. Note: I do believe coaches deserve to lose their jobs if they violate rules and are deemed not suitable for the role, but fired for just winning and losing? Ridiculous.
- World Impact (if applicable)
The potential impact this trend could have on the world is teams losing good coaches, but also coaches choosing to skip out on wanting to coach for the fear of losing their jobs and the constant pressure to produce winning teams. Sure, it’s more fun to win, but we seriously need to get our priorities straight.