Mark Mangino is probably going to be canned after the season by seemingly acceptable reasons of player mis-treatment but, who decides what is mis-treatment? Apparently the answer is hippies.
I spent my whole life growing up in Texas, playing football from pee wee leagues through high school. I have been punished for various "infractions" of being late to practice, to errant plays on the field. In all of my punishments, i have done duck walks, bear crawls, and lunges across the field among others. Now i can't speak for the field conditions of everyone who's played football as a youth, but our field was crap. Half of it was mostly dirt with a blade of grass here or there, and the other half was infested with those little stickers. Now I can say with utmost certainty that i repeatedly tore my hands up, got blisters in places i didn't think blisters could form (on the shoulder from my shoulder pad during bear crawls of all things).
I just don't see how what Mark Mangino is doing to his players is wrong. To me, its a part of football and has been for decades. Add to this the plethora of new rules about hitting quarterbacks, or horse collar tackles, or leading with the helmet. I ask you this: Is the football we grew up loving, coming to an end? Have the lovey dovey, kindergarten teachers from our youth gotten to football too? Do we all get a sticker? do the losers get a trophy? does being disciplined mean sitting in the corner for a while? I'd like to think "no" to these questions... but my logical side, just keeps saying yes... its over. To all of you nay sayers out there, Mangino isn't doing anything that hasn'tbeen done by 100 other coaches in the last 2 years. If you haven't been punished in some way that might give you a minor irritation, or been poked in the chest, or yelled at and cursed at. You my friend, never played football, at least not the game of football that we grew up loving, not the football that our heroes played.
I'm really interested in a discussion here, am I alone on this? on many of the Kansas boards people seem to be chasing the guy out of town with torches, so I guess I'm more alone than i thought. Anyways, let me know what you guys think, and why.