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1988: In an NBC interview with Connie Chung, says, "I think that if rape is
inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
I think there were clear standards of behavior that Rice violated and provided just cause for his termination. But the moral outrage is as over-the-top as Rice's antics. The athletes in question are adults who willingly signed up for Rice's antics dependent on a scholarship that Rice controls-- I haven't read closely, but it appears that not only did no one complain, they supported the coach's actions.
I suppose Al McGuire was history's second greatest monster, behind The General.
People who are in dependent situations are willing to tolerate lots of intolerable situations--especially if they've been conditioned for a long time to see such abusive behavior as normal
To believe that this individual was not physically assaulting student athletes--and others--on a regular basis requires an amazing and willful capacity to ignore what is staring you in the face. He has a long, long, long history of physical violence.
Looks like someone's let the inmates out of the Lounge again ...
Is this 'hate Larry Wayne' week at bbtf? He's your prototypical jock and plays the part appropriately. Perhaps we should re-evaluate our vicarious enjoyment of athletics, because both Mike Rice and Chipper Jones are hardly exceptional in their attitudes and actions within their chosen professions
This isn't so much a matter of, "it isn't happening to me so here's my opinion," as it is a matter of "I went through the same stuff, made me a HOFer. These kids should be thankful they have a coach who wants to make them better."
Which doesn't mean it's not a ridiculous opinion to hold.
There are little things called reason and empathy that ideally keeps us from thinking that sort of silliness is necessary.
I'm dependent on a job my boss controls, too. Still, he'd get the axe if he behaved like Rice. But, again, I'd point out that Rice, his boss, and the students were all jocks, not the most civilized members of the human tribe.
The initial reaction and suspension certainly could explain why none of the players said anything. They complain, the coach gets a suspension, then they have to play for him again (assume their scholarship is re-upped). Pretty sure that is going to cut down on the complaints.
They could transfer. A few years back Matt Doherty pretty much got the axe at UNC because of a player mutiny, though that was possible because he had alienated everyone else around him as well.... I am content to let these things play out as they will, and obviously don't buy into the argument that the players were next to indentured servants. Maybe it's not fair that college players don't get paid while those above them roll in the dough, but they are a privileged lot and have been since they started playing prep ball, even earlier now. I pretty much agree with Larry, you put up with some #### to get to a better place down the road.
To be fair I believe five students have transferred out of the program over the last year. However we do not know the reason for the transfers.
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