Should college coaches be held personally responsible for the actions of the young men they recruit?
This is the question that I’ve been thinking about a lot since Wisconsin Badgers receiver Quintez Cephus was arrested on two sexual assault charges. Now, let’s be clear. I’m not the first person to ever ponder this question, but I also just never cared about it. I spent no time thinking about this because Wisconsin athletes under Paul Chryst and Bo Ryan have pretty much stayed out of trouble. It’s something we pride ourselves on. Well, that all changed when the charges came down on Cephus. (RELATED: COLLEGE FOOTBALL STAR FACES DECADES IN PRISON. THE ALLEGATIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC)
So, should college football coaches be held responsible for criminal allegations levied against athletes they’re responsible for bringing to campus? The answer is very clear in my eyes. If there are very isolated incidents, then no. If situations are few and far between, I don’t think the coach should be held responsible. There are tons of guys on a college football team. Statistically speaking, you’re bound to have a problem or two over the years. That’s not to minimize the situation with Cephus at all. It’s serious and the allegations need to be properly handled. I’m just saying it is very out of the ordinary for Wisconsin’s program.
Now, on the other hand, if you have a coach that has repeated problems with his players, then he should be held responsible. Let’s just face facts. A lot of college athletes are at the schools they’re at because sports greatly upped their odds of admission. I know this because I used to work in college sports. So, if a coach has brought on a bunch of violent people that cause serious problems and it’s a pattern, then he absolutely should be fired. There’s no question in my mind about that. If you have multiple players getting arrested, then it’s a cancer within the program and a threat to campus safety.
Any coach who facilitates an atmosphere like that needs to be fired. It’s that simple.
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