I wish there were more announcers, viewers, fans, reporters, commentators, etc that thought and articulated their thoughts as clearly as Scott Van Pelt did in his last segment discussing the Tom Izzo and Michigan State Aaron Henry "incident". If you have not watched the SVP's remarks on Izzo and MSU, here it is.
In short, Scott Van Pelt could not be more spot on. His first 28 seconds of the video will already leave those easily offended on edge. Van Pelt emphasizes the issue we have in society and an issue we continue to let fall to wayside. All of sudden holding others accountable is not nice and "mean". Seriously? since when was holding others and yourself accountable not a great way to develop yourself professionally and personally.
Again, Van Pelt says "the world is DIFFICULT and we do no one any favors by collating others" some people will not agree with that but I am here to say 1000% agree with SVP. What good do we do our players, kids, teammates, etc if we constantly pat them on the back, tell them they did nothing wrong, and always hold their hand in every situation? You know what we do. We make them unable to deal with hard ships, how to come back from a failure, solve problems on their own, motivate themselves. When we hold their hands in every situation they become reliant on others and always look to someone else to step up and lead the way. We kill their creativity and ability to think for themselves whenever we give our players, kids, etc the solution to every issue.
Easily one of my favorite remarks in this whole video "you should prepare your kids for the path, not the path for your kids". If you have difficulty accepting or believing this. You are a complete disservice to your kids, players, and those around you. And my second favorite part of the video when SVP said that past, current Michigan State players do not have a problem and you know why because they know Izzo and they know the situation but those who do not care about context and love to be offended just to be offended so be it, have fun but you are the issue in this world. Trying to turn everything into an issue, trying to always be offended and see the wrong in every situation. Please leave that for your Tuesday night wine club, most of us do not care about what you have to say.
Look, my opinion on this ranks in similarity to SVP, I completely and 100% agree with every word he says in this. I can say some coaches yell a ton and some players do not respond well to it. Some coaches are old school and believe having an inferior presence over players in every situation, some coaches love to have control over everything and pull the "you won't play" or "I'll sit you, I call shots" card on players but honestly, 90% of coaches are not like that. There is a time and place for everything. There is a certain way to communicate to every player, not every one can be spoken to the same. Therefore as a coach you learn how each player needs to be spoken and how they react to criticism.
From my stand point I like to say I resonate more as a player coach. I like to talk like a human to my players, ask how they are doing, how is school going, any issues they have, etc. I like to know them personally, for one they feel more connected with me and to them it shows that I care. Two, I'd rather know my players personality/attitudes, and personal things about them therefore I can better tailor my communication/voice to them. Three, I have noticed better morale in the locker room, more buy-in form players, better focus and effort in practice and games and overall a better learning environment for my payers. That does not mean I allow them to walk all over me, I establish a fine line between coach and player, immediately. I like to describe most of my relationships with players and teammates as tough love. I do not constantly praise players and hold their hands, I do not allow for half-ass effort and I except hard work and 100% effort all the time. I show them I care but I also show them I care more about them succeeding and growing as a player and human rather than being best friends. To all the guys I played high school and college with can agree that I was "rough" on most teammates and I was definitely harsh on a lot of players. I was the first player to step up and call someone out or say something that others did not want to hear. I typically never held back on what I wanted to say. But I was also the type of player that would run through a wall for you. The same goes for coaching for me, I work extremely hard to bring my players the best drills, value to practice, learning points, different ways to think the game, etc. Sure, I do praise my players yes but I do not hold their hand in every situation or really any situation. I let them make mistakes, figure it out and intervene when I need to. I'll say I did not raise my voice a tone this year or yell at players individually but there was definitely a few times when I got "loud" and singled out two of my players for taking nonsense penalties. But like I said a time and place for everything.
My view on this whole be offended at everything society we are creating is really making it difficult for coaches like Tom Izzo and all the other great coaches out there to develop leaders for tomorrow, hard-working, resilient, and most importantly respectable well-rounded individuals. I am sorry but if you are offended by what Tom Izzo did that's fine but please do not share your opinion because no one cares. You clearly never played a competitive sport in your life nor had a coach or authority figure yell at you and tell you messed up and criticized you. That's fine by me, but do not ruin it for the rest of us. Because these type of coaches that care so much about their job, are so passionate, wear their heart on their sleeves, work tirelessly to develop great players, build great teams, put in the extra hours every week to make sure their team is ready for game day and all the work that goes unnoticed behind the scenes are not the issue in today's society. By any means. This may not sit well with some people, and it may not be "politically" correct but the more we strive to be "politically" correct, and allow others try to censor us and belittle our way of thinking, coaching or leadership ways the more you are hurting society. And like I said you may not like this but the minority of you that are offended by what Tom Izzo did to Aaron Henry, need to shut up, grow up and have a back bone.