Stephen St Croix wrote:
Honestly, I think the majority of the board does not like that he is the youngest guy to coach an NCAA champion in division I ever.
Again, I agree with an above poster about the fact that he probably left on his own terms if he met with the team. No one wants to miss paychecks, so the question is where is he coaching right now?
If he’s such a great catch and coached an NCAA Champion then why fire him?
I don’t even know where Samford is TBH.
Palo Alto, CA
A female D2 coach wrote:
Do not tell me, as a woman and a proud feminist, how I should feel or not feel. There are many of us (other strong female coaches) that do not fully agree with this study when it comes to equating abuse and a C-SA relationship. Everything needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. This is not the NCAA rule on relationships. It is a study, by two people, funded by the NCAA. It serves as a useful tool. To my knowledge it has not been taken at face value by any institutions. It serves as a guide.
I have strong feelings about drawing comparisons between these relationships and actual abuse. The pain, shame and scars from real abuse are too devastating to put into words and anyone that has suffered sexual abuse would never agree that these relationships are even in the same realm. It is offensive and too normalizing to draw this comparison and I know very few that would agree with this article on that point. Go to a support group or a shelter and ask any of these women if they think it is the same. I dare you.
I am 100% against coach-athlete relationships. I do not feel as though, in all situations, that it should result in the coach being banished from college coaching. We are a society of second chances. We are also a society where woman can feel empowered to make our own decisions as they relate to our bodies and our relationships.
This is the wrong forum for this discussion. My opinion, as a woman and as a coach, is that this particular person is worthy of a chance to make things right. I am not speaking about all coaches. We ALL know several of you men, many on this board, that are married to your former runners. Many of you that have dated your athletes and gotten away with it. I reserve the right to have an opinion about each of you individually, and not make blanked statements.
Women’s Suffra wrote:
Actually I don’t think I missing the point at all. First of all it is not a moral issue. It’s not morally wrong to date someone that is also an adult. We are not talking about high school underage people which is not only immoral but is illegal.
So I say again, are we claiming that women are so pathetically weak and fragile that any relationship between them and someone in a position of authority over them must only be able to happen through manipulation? Are these women so pathetic that all it takes is to be in a position of authority? Basically that’s what the argument seems to be.