Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Editorials

November 28, 2012

MSU was right to discipline new coach

Nov. 28, 2012 —     Morehead State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Woods was not present last night when the Eagles played host to Norfolk State.

    The new coach was serving a one-game suspension for his courtside conduct during the MSU-UK game last week in Rupp Arena.

    The Eagles lost to the Wildcats, 81-70, but gave an inspired performance that bodes well for this season as newcomers and returnees learn to play together as a team.

    If MSU can play that well against the defending national champions, its intense, in-your-face style of play should make the Eagles competitive in their own conference.

    As for Woods, it appeared to many watching the game on television that he got caught up in the heat of battle with 5:51 to play and simply lost his cool.

    Devon Atkinson had fouled out at that point and Coach Woods reacted to something the player said or did coming off the court.

    The video clip that played for the next two days on national television and the Internet showed Woods shoving Atkinson toward the bench and then grabbing him for a nose-to-nose confrontation with the coach obviously angry.

    Just as it appeared the incident had run its course, the coach followed Atkinson to where he was seated on the bench and then proceeded to rip him for another minute or so.

    It was ugly to watch and shocking to onlookers. Some fans at the arena texted friends that the player was left in tears.

    Sports media organizations covering that game and college basketball apparently had little to write about that night and on Thankgiving Day because they made the Woods blowup the No. 1 national story.

    MSU Athletics Director Brian Hutchinson put the word out on Thursday morning that Woods’ behavior would be reviewed for possible disciplinary action to be announced on Friday.

    That was exactly the right move to make in the face of mounting criticism via website comments and e-mails and calls to MSU officials.

    Hutchinson conferred with senior officials on campus on Thanksgiving Day.

    He told the sports world on Friday about the suspension and spoke plainly about Woods’ conduct being “unacceptable”.

    Woods said he had acted improperly and that he regretted the incident.

    The days of Bobby Knight are long past in college athletics. Coaches either respect their players or face the consequences.

    In our view, the University demonstrated that its promising new coach is worth saving and that it will not tolerate coaching misconduct.

    We see that as two wins for the Eagles.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Five years and counting on Saturday mail

    It was five years ago when that marvel of fiscal management, the U. S. Postal Service (USPS), announced it would end Saturday mail delivery within six months.

    July 23, 2014

  • Yes, girls can become scientists, engineers

    We applaud the television commercials sponsored by Verizon which gently but effectively rebuke those among us who discourage girls and young women from careers in science, technology and mathematics.

    July 16, 2014

  • High court right on mobile phone ruling

    We don’t always agree with the rulings of the U. S. Supreme Court which is often divided with multiple opinions. But, for the moment, we feel better about the high court because of its recent ruling on searching mobile phones.

    July 9, 2014

  • Would we pay the same high price today?

    As we Americans take a day off from work on Friday to mark the 238th birthday of our country, can we find a few moments to reflect on those who made it happen?

    July 2, 2014

  • Trading Saturday mail for roads is a hoax

    Just when we thought all of the idiotic ideas had emerged from the current Congress, along came another doozy. A Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed that Saturday mail delivery be ended and the resulting savings be used to fix roads and bridges across America.

    June 25, 2014

  • Is history repeating itself in Iraq?

    If last week’s news from Iraq left you with a sense of déjà vu, you are not alone. “Déjà vu” is defined as “disagreeable familiarity or sameness” and that certainly fits what appears to be the emergence of another Islamic militant group which took control of two major cities in Iraq.

    June 18, 2014

  • Technology bringing closure to MIA families

    After 58 years in an unmarked grave in a military cemetery in Hawaii, a Kentucky soldier came home last Saturday to his family and a final resting place in his native soil.

    June 11, 2014

  • New state veterans leader a great choice

    Some may criticize Gov. Steve Beshear for appointing former Miss America Heather French Henry as commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs.

    June 4, 2014

  • As is, Rupp Arena project not worth saving

    When the General Assembly decided last month not to allow state bonds to be used to help fund the Rupp Arena renovation, we said it was unfair because Louisville got state money for the KFC Yum Center four years earlier.

    May 28, 2014

  • Cockfighting is more than animal cruelty

    A recent political issue arose over the visit to a cockfight by U. S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin. The resulting publicity brought cockfighting, which is illegal in Kentucky, back into the public eye.

    May 14, 2014

Poll