Coaches are ripe for criticism

Most well-known coaches are nothing but big bullies. So why do we revere them so much?

Updated: July 28, 2004, 12:00 PM ET
By Robert Lipsyte | Special to Page 2

Here's the hard truth about coaches: Most of the good ones will never be famous and most of the famous ones are snakes. I'd send my kids to learn about the world from the local used car dealer before I'd give them up to the Tark, Tuna, Bela, Geno, K, even the sainted JoePa.

These guys are basically bullies, blood-suckers, mind-pluckers, child abusers. They are judged -- and judge each other and themselves -- by how many games they win, not by how many young people they set on humane pathways. ...

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