(UPDATE: Oregon on Wednesday suspended strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde for one month pay and coach Willie Taggart issued an apology to the families of three players hospitalized for overexertion caused by “military training like” off-season work outs. “I hold myself responsible for all football-related activities,” Taggart said as part of a university-released statement, “and the safety of our students must come first.” )
My first impulse was to scream “Fire Everybody!”
Rankman, though, is older now, so he calmly invoked his “10-second rule” and poured a hot cup of green tea.
No need to jump to a radical conclusion, yet, on the news emanating from the University of Oregon’s football program.
There is already enough knee-jerk reaction in this world–don’t be one of them.
Contrary to popular tweet, not every story is black or white. Let me say this, though, regarding three Oregon players hospitalized after undergoing “military training” like off-season workouts in January:
I am officially conducting my own “Sting” operation in the form of one of the singer’s most famous lyrics:
Every move you make, every chance you take, I’ll be watching you.
I was supportive of Willie Taggart’s hiring in December and generally agree that the Ducks need to get tougher on the field.
The one subject that will set me off, more than any other, is any conflating of military training to football training.
This is a subject near, and not so dear, to my heart. I have studied the Neanderthal tactics of Coach Bear Bryant at Texas A&M (The Junction Boys) and Frank Kush at Arizona State.
The idea that players, in 2017, could be hospitalized for overexertion sets off alarm bells and warrants a thorough examination by Oregon and the Pac 12 office. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.