fails to teach morals, responsibility
parents send their children off to college to play sports,
what are their expectations for the coach?
To guide their child through college. To watch over
them. To help them. To be a second mother or father
figure to them.
These are mere hopes and the actuality is that few coaches
reach all those expectations.
But there is a certain amount of care a parent should
expect from a coach toward their budding adult.
That is something suspended University of Colorado coach
Gary Barnett doesnt seem to understand.
Over the past few months, several Colorado football
players have been accused them of rape. Three women
have come forward so far, including former kicker Katie
Hnida, who has since transferred to the University of
And what does coach Barnett do?
Shrugs it off and blames his players. He blamed his
Yes, I know people are responsible for their own actions,
and it is up to them to make the right decisions.
come on Coach. Isnt it you who should be helping
the players make these decisions?
Isnt it you who should planting it in these young
men how to be respectable pieces in our society?
Isnt it you that the athletes look at as a role
But no, coach. You turn your back your players. Not
even picking up a little of the slack.
You say there are limits to tracking the activities
of dozens of players.
I have 48 I have held accountable over the last
four years, you say. I cant live their
lives for them.
Oh, Im so sorry, coach, that youve had to
keep players accountable. No one wants you to live the
players lives. What people want you to do is point these
players in the right direction making sure they have
the skills to be good people.
Coach, there is a point where you say this is your team,
and that you let these players down by not instructing
them correctly on how to be adults.
You said there was no doubt in your mind that the misbehavior
that occurred at those recruiting parties was based
on poor decisions and influence of alcohol.
Yes, it is your players responsibility not to
get drunk at these parties. Yes, it is your players
responsibility not to sexually assault those women.
But coach, someone knew about these recruiting parties.
And someone should have put their foot down about those
issues. But instead, that someone turned their back.
Do I have to say who that someone is? Or have is it
Yes, its you coach Barnett.
You all but said oh well to your players,
It sounds to me as if you just gave up on these players
by saying that youre pretty much tired of being
accountable for these athletes. Regardless of how you
intended on your words being interpreted, that is how
they came across.
Colorado did the right thing by suspending you. But
I think they also need to take a look at how much you
really care, too.
Sports Editor John Ashley Menzies is a senior news-editorial
major from Aledo.