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Coaching Outbursts Bringing Questions

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Posted Apr 2, 2010


Gundyism took on a new identity in the world of coaching and psychiatry.

By: BE Coleman

The outburst by Florida’s Urban Meyer last week was mindful to many of the Mike Gundy media outburst at Oklahoma State in 2007. Gundyism took on a new identity in the world of coaching and psychiatry.

Meyer is not the only coach to unleash on the news media of late. Georgia’s Mark Richt took a shot at a writer in Atlanta recently for questioning why he would use quarterback Logan Gray who is vying for the starting signal caller position to return punts.

The Gundy outtake brings to mind a question session with former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer upon emotional outbursts. “We don’t do it,” noted the former coach speaking from the seat of a professional position in the national spotlight. The same sentiment was echoed by then Auburn coach, now Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville.

Meyer’s outburst was bothering to see; it showed signs of insecurity for a man that has had the world at his fingertips before Lane Kiffin happened along. He should be thankful that Kiffin got his dream job offer from USC.

It’s not the first time Meyer has lashed out over comments upon his coaching style concerning former QB Tim Tebow. Meyer informed the world that it was not his job at Florida to get players ready for the NFL.

Aggression as noted by psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan finds “this identity may give the appearance of a unified personality, but it really is just a psychological illusion that hides our essential human vulnerability and weakness.

And so, when anything or anyone threatens us with the truth of our essential fragmentation, the quickest, easiest and most common defense available is to hide the truth of our weakness and to give the illusion that we possess some sort of power is aggression.”

Meyer lashed out at Orlando writer Jeremy Fowler for telling a visible truth. Fowler did not inject anything but a truth in his article. Yet Meyer went off like rented mule confronting the front end of a plow on a Monday morning.

Perhaps the biggest issue at hand is that both Meyer and Richt are dangerously close to stepping onto first amendment rights and freedom of the press, that another SEC Coach has bordered onto recently.

Neither coach nor person in position can dictate how the news is to be presented or is to be published. Only the government can make such a request in response to national security. In both coaching instances, fans have the right to know.

Yet, his tirade was clearly bothering; the private meeting to apologize to Fowler after he chastised the young writer publicly on camera is more heightening.

In an attempt by the Southeastern Conference to be more like the NFL found Meyer fined last season for his outbursts. The Florida coach has recorded a fantastic run in college football the last four of five seasons.

I am no dissenter of him nor Florida, but Meyer’s inability to control outbursts find he is treading in dangerous waters, which can bring unto him serious consequences that his athletic director will not be able to control an outcome.

It was not that long ago that Steve Spurrier’s ego had the air let out of it during his last season as the Gators mentor in 2001 by the Florida administration.

Like it or not, no one can outside the government can dictate what can be published or how it is published. It’s a first amendment right provided by the constitution. That is the bottom line.


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