They fool us.

We attach so much importance to winning, and heap so much adulation on successful coaches, that we believe they are supermen who can do no wrong.

And they fool themselves.

They become so sure of themselves, and their mission, that they believe they can do no wrong.

It’s always about the good of the program. They protect people they shouldn’t protect. They bend rules. They look the other way.

And no one dares to tell them they’re wrong—not even the people closest to them—family members and trusted staffers.

And then they cross a line. They cover up ugly facts to protect players and coaches. They tell themselves it’s for the good of the almighty program. And that they’re doing it to help someone they believe in, to help him get back on the right path.

And then it’s too late. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.