Character Takes Another Hit
by Terry Barlow
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Oh no, here we go again. We've learned recently, repeatedly and painfully that money alone can't buy team chemistry and athletic success. Now owners and managers seem to be sending a message to many promising young players that it's all about performance no matter how you get there. They are doing this by bringing in a coach who got big time historic results by bending and breaking rules and taking shortcuts and trusting the general public and players themselves to again demonstrate how short their memory. Imagine the devil himself approaching some of our great young athletes brimming with all their potential saying, "I will give you a decade of great glory, you will be worshipped like a god and celebrated, this I guarantee, how about it? I don't make this offer to just anybody. They have to be on a certain level, the one upon which I find you. But there is this one caveat: beyond that decade I can make no guarantees. And you have to follow my counsel, my "recipe" shall we say during your glorious decade. Think about it, think about it real hard." And think about the message it sends to place ones who have accepted this deal in positions of renewed authority. This message: 'We don't care how you get their guys, it's don't ask don't tell, just get there. In the meantime however, character is the casualty. May it not be so. Oh, let it not be so. I'm all for giving second chances, but clear distinctions and stern conditions need to be set in the process.
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