Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Dog Days of Summer: College Football Playoff turns five in 2018!

Cedar Rapids, IA -- Since the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, issues have risen on the campuses of the Ohio State University and at the University of  Maryland in the football programs. Each head coach has been placed administrative leave.

What is going on with institutional prudence and ethics?

The University of Maryland President admits mistakes, in the handling heatstroke death of a student-athlete, back in June. Maryland has parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, just before heading into the third season of D.J. Durkin. 

Durkin hasn't been fired yet, but he was placed on administrative leave. His coaching style is under attack and now under review. Complaints suggest the culture at Maryland was a problem. Maryland was heading into Year 3 under Durkin and S&C coach Court.

Over in Columbus, it was announced at Big Ten Media Day, that wide receiver and recruiting coach Zach Smith was fired after allocations of domestic abuse were made public. On Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's return from Chicago, he was placed on administration leave, due to false statements he made to the media, on the Smith dismissal.

The USA Today reports in a August 15th piece by Christine Brennan' commentary story: Urban Meyer, DJ Durkin have failed as football coaches and human beings.

The breakdown of prudence and ethics around college football is certainly a disconcerting matter.

Big Ten's big mess: Will troubled conference ever reclaim its morality? Linked story!


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