I'm prepared to take a hit to the point total, based on how things have gone on similar topics, but I would like to hear from the guys that really are upset about the actions of Leavitt. First a couple of disclaimers.
1. Never liked Leavitt think he was a douche before this incident.
2. I'm not that old, but I'm old school.
3. I love Bo, one of my heroes.
I got blasted on the Leavitt thread for asking is it really that bad to smack a kid in the face to get his attention?? To those claiming he should be fired, would you have called for the head of Schembechler for these transgressions if they were reported at the time, like they were retold in books later.
1. Grabbing Dierdorf by the stomach and twisting his fat while calling him fat.
2. Using a yard stick to blast the calves of his lineman who did not set up correctly.
3. Punching Brandstatter repeatedly for giving up a blocked punt in practice.
I ask these things, because many of the greatest coaches ever have been known to have a temper and to deliver harsh punishment to their players. Bo, Holtz grabbing the facemasks, Knight slapping the kid, Bear Bryant, Lombardi. Often times the kids involved in these instances look back at them fondly when they retell these stories(Ok well Neil Reed isn't a fan). Football is a tough game. Coaches ask kids to take on tremendous pain to carry out there assignments. When I was in high school our RB stepped out of bounds instead of fighting for the extra yard. In practice the next day our coach had set up the blocking pads 5 yards from the sidline and gave him the ball, his job was to break thru the 2 linebackers and if he went out of bounds during the drill he was off the team. Was that abuse?? Would you rather have taken a slap across the face?? I'm sure my RB would have after he was done.
We don't want abusive lunatics running around torturing kids, but I just find it intersting that in a game where kids often take a harder hit 50 times a day in practice everyone gets up in arms over a slap. What makes it so bad? Is it the insult to the ego? The embarrassment?