Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Holy Crap, Morehead State Coach Sean Woods Is PISSED (w/ VIDEO)
For college basketball fans of my generation, watching the legendarily irascible Bobby Knight berate and occasionally manhandle a player usually drew yawns. It happened so often with The General that the shock value wore off.
It's been long enough since Knight left coaching that we thought the "mouth off to me and I will whip your ass in front of everyone here and yo' mama" coach-on-player rant was obsolete in the college game.
Thankfully, we have first-year Morehead State coach Sean Woods bringing cranky back.
Video of a public evisceration after the jump.
That's Sean Woods absolutely going HAM on guard Devon Atkinson after the senior fouled out of the Eagles' loss to Kentucky, aka The Coach's Alma Mater.
Not only does Woods try to throw Atkinson bodily back to the bench, he nose-backs him out of the huddle, twice turns with nostrils flaring after Atkinson had the balls to talk back, and multiple times rips into Atkinson from kissably-close point-blank range.
Now, some full disclosure. Before the season, I bigged up Woods as one of the five best new coaching hires in America. A school just up the road from Lexington could not have done better with its choice than a young up-and-comer who had once been a member of Rick Pitino's "Unforgettables." (Just as long as it wasn't Richie Farmer. Of course, it doesn't sound like he's looking all that hard for work these days anyway.)
For all the Kentucky parents who remember the Pitino era and have kids who aren't McDonald's All-American enough to even shine John Calipari's hair, sending those kids to play for Woods at Morehead would be a perfect compromise.
Not if he's going to make something like this a habit, though.
Four words of advice, Coach Woods:
You can instill discipline in your team without attempting to rip their balls off on the sideline in front of God and everyone.
Players watching this game (and rest assured, nearly every basketball-playing kid in the state of Kentucky was probably making an effort to do so) will be left to wonder, "Jeez, if he's this pissed about losing to Kentucky, what would he do to me if we lost to EASTERN Kentucky?"
Suggestions on Twitter give the impression that Atkinson told his coach to go fuck himself once he got back to the bench. If that was the case, Woods' rage is understandable. Nobody did that to Bobby or Rick and they damn sure don't do it to Cal today. Of course, all those guys have championships. Woods has little more than his jersey hanging at Rupp for being part of Jamal Mashburn's backup band.
Some coach somewhere is going to look at the publicity Woods is getting and decide that he, too, can get abrasive with one of his players. That coach may not be the one to see the player knock him on his ass, but some grumpy bastard will, trust me.
And he'll richly deserve it.