April 3rd, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Building Up vs. Tearing Down

It wasn't "tough love" being used with a Rutgers University basketball team.  Coach Mike Rice, who was seen on video cursing and throwing basketballs at some players, was accused of being abusive.  Rice has since admitted he was wrong, saying "there was no excuse" for his behavior.

The story brings up a tough question:  Where do you draw the line?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Andrea

    I guess you could sometimes get angry and start being mean but throwing basketball at the students is a whole different ball game.

    April 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  2. Chris

    I would have fired him on spot , he should not have horrased those player like that for there mistake no one is perfect.

    April 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Talia

      I would have Video Taped me firing him.

      April 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Drew :D

    This coach of the college basketball game is absolutely wrong for abusing some of they players- both physically and verbally. I would draw the line when the verbal abuse starts to get very bad and if and when there is physical abuse. Most of the time, a coach could say things to make a player work harder like, “You’re not running fast enough” or “You can do better!” that is verbal encouragement that some kids need. When the coach starts to get nasty to the players or is threatening them, that’s where you draw the line to the point where- that coach is not good for those players (or any players) anymore.

    April 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  4. Hiroki

    It depend on the relationship built between the coach and the players. If players really love the coach, and vise versa, some kinds of physical punishments have positive effects on the improving the skills of players. However, after giving punishments, the coach should give much more love to them.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
  5. Spencer

    I think that any abuse physically, verbaly, or mentaly should get immediate attention and suvere punishments and/or charges.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  6. Brian

    I think he crossed the line completely, however they are being a little rough on him, he made a mistake, he admitted he was wrong, why can't they leave it at that.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  7. Felicia

    You could yell at them, if they keep doing it over and over again. But cursing and swearing and hurting the players? That's just wrong. The coaches aren't the players parents. They don't get the privilage as parents do.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  8. Shaniqua

    I dont believe in mean language. Nor should their coach. the coach should be positive with the players not foul with them!

    April 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Carl

    I think that it was plain wrong for the coach to do that. Yes, some people need to be taught to be tougher but that was crossing the line. I understand and I don't understand why none of the players didn't say anything. Also I thought it was way overboard to curse at those 10, 11, and 12 year olds

    April 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Lexie

      I agree. However, they were college players, not ten, eleven, and twelve year olds.

      April 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
      • Carl

        I heard that he cursed at 10, 11 12 years old also.

        April 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Brooke

    I would end the aggressive behavior when he starts throwing the balls at me. I would understand if he was bipolar or something, but it is straight up rude and mean otherwise.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  11. Bryson

    I would have to draw the line right there,it shouldn't be right for a coach to in any kind of way hurt his team.Think of the way the team might end out to be.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
  12. Shivank

    If the coach is telling his players to get violent, he should become a wrestling coach and shouldn't tell kids to get violent in other games

    April 4, 2013 at 6:43 am |
  13. Katarina

    He should have treated his players the way that he would want to be treated, with respect and patience. He probably had a bad day or was stressed out, but that is no excuse for his behavior. It is uncalled for.

    April 4, 2013 at 7:58 am |
  14. Lacy

    I'd draw the line at a coach verbally abusing. But if he apologizes and is sorry for what he did i'd let him have a 2nd chance.

    April 4, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  15. Abraham

    I understand that a basketball coach may need to use some physical direction, but physical punishment is going way too far. Nothing good even comes out of physical punishment, it just makes the players feel worse.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  16. Abi

    Overall I think that all of this is wrong and no players should be treated/abused in this way. I also think that the players should have spoke up sooner.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  17. A'lexus

    I draw the line when a coach pushes me and starts cursing at me. No coach should have to physically or verbally abuse to feel like they can get through to a player. Any coach should know you can talk to a player without abusing them an anyway.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  18. Madison

    Physical abuse is never okay, no matter how often it happens or not. No matter how often you're winning or not.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  19. Allie

    I would probably draw the line at hitting the players. i mean its not right to throw balls at the team, it will not boost their moral or their confidence.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  20. Avery

    I am only sorry when I get in trouble, same with him! He is only sorry because he lost his job and got fined ALOT of money.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  21. Maddie

    I think it's okay for coaches to show a bit of toughness, because that makes the team strong to pressure. But physically abusing them is wrong. Team members could get hurt. I think the university was right to fire that coach. Throwing basketballs and shoving them is wrong. It's something little kids do, but not grownups.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  22. GCHS class

    Our class discussed this issue and shared experiences they have had with coaches. The class feels that coaches have a right to motivate athletes verbally without using derrogatory language or physical abuse.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  23. Ryland

    I don't think they should change the team I think they should change the coach.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  24. anaejah and chris

    We think that the coach really needs to take time and tell all those player sorry because that could have really made the fill a different way and who care if he get mad he shouldn't take it out on the boys on the basketball team.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:03 am |
  25. Tyler

    It was unacceptable what he did he should either be fired or put on suspension for what he did... Totally inappropriate

    April 4, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  26. mara

    I think this coach is very stupid

    April 4, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  27. Renee

    II feel that Coach Rice was too rough on his players and should have thought of a better way to encourage them.There are times on a sports team when you can get in a rough environment. It would be difficult to deal with if the roughness from coming from your coach.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  28. Evelyn

    I think that was outrages but it was good of him to confess.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  29. Nick

    I'd draw the line at any physical punishment. Coaches jobs are too teach their students with some tough love involved, but I think Mike Rice went way too far on this.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:37 am |
  30. Isabel

    Well the line is crossed after a coach cusses at you. Its just not right, coaches can show toughness just not like that

    April 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  31. dominique

    He should be fired for what he did. There is no excuse.People should not be treated like a rag doll.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  32. janay

    I don,t think that its right that the basketball coach hit the students with the basketball.Everyone is not perfect i look at it like this .If its not your kid dont hit them.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  33. Marquise

    i dont think he should of did that because its brings the players down mentally, its also the players fault too, because they didn't even report, they just let him abuse them...

    April 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  34. jordan

    the coach should have got fired.they should have hit him with a ball or two that was jacked up players should be treaded with respect.Its hard in school we shouldnt have to deal with that too

    April 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  35. Rachel

    I understand trying to push your players, but when it gets to the point where the actions can hurt the players, I would draw the line.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  36. Mikaila

    IIf I got hit by the coach, I know he won't do it again.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  37. kristiana

    I get that you have to work hard to acheive something but throwing things to make them get better doesn't help.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  38. Alina

    I think that the coach was right to fire him after that.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  39. Jonathan

    I think the basketball coach is very STUPID. I think this because it's not right to yell at them but sometimes if they mess up a basketball shot they can try it again.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  40. Ari

    II think that Rice's behavior was immature and you shouldn't physically abuse a player or anyone for that matter. A good althetic pushment is running or push-ups.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  41. Nicholas

    I think the line should be drawn when a coach starts to curse at a person or start to cause any sort of harm.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  42. Taylor

    Coaches go too far when they use phyisical contact as a punishment on players and using bad language.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  43. Ozge

    Physical contact from a coach to player is not nessecary, simple verbal direction can help a player know what he or she is doing wrong and how to fix it or guidence. Bullying is not the team spirit.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  44. Zach

    Unles you want to keep your job, harming a student will usually get you fired. It's useless to not discipline a student, but physically harming them won't help, especially if they can no longer participate in the class or activity because of their injury.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  45. David

    I understand that you have to be disciplined to get better at something, but physically hurting the players is where you draw the line.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  46. Trevor

    IIf the coach throws his clipboard then he should be completely terminated from coaching basketball and take anger management classes. He especially can't get away with throwing basketballs at his players at practice.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  47. salar

    IThe coach's behavior was unacceptable, most coaches just yell on the sideline at their players i think he should get fired becuase hitting players with balls for no reason at all.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  48. Laura

    I think we should forgive Mike Rice for his behavior, because he is apologizing, but he deserves his punishment.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  49. Deanna

    I think I would draw the line right before he says something because who would want to listen to that jerk-of-a coach.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  50. Olivia

    ii think that even if the students weren't playing the game right, it is unacceptable for a coach to abuse anyone like that for any reason. i'm glad he got fired...

    April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  51. Gavin

    I feel he went a little bit too harsh. It's ok to discipline your players but this is a whole new level....

    April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  52. Angela

    I would just draw the line when I'm doing serious injuries to the team.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  53. braydon

    After physically touching the players would be a bit far, but throwing basketballs at the kids is a huge no-no.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  54. Ashley

    Sometimes people can get angry and start being harsh,but throwing basketballs at someone is past the half court line!

    April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  55. Channing

    II would draw the line when I saw the coach degrading his players, and if he apologized I would give him a second chance. The fact that he physically abused his players was unacceptable and should definitely be fired with further punishments.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  56. Clara

    Throwing basketballs at your players is not the way to play the game

    April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  57. Andy

    Coachs should draw the line when yelling at the players and not throwing basketballs at players. That is just insulting to the players.I don't fully understand why the coach is doing this.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  58. Artah

    Throwing a basketball at your students is not the way to play the regular basketball game! The coach should have just had some patience on those boys instead of throwing basketballs to the boys!

    April 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  59. Paige

    I think the coach recieved the right punishment, no coach should make physical contact with the player unless he is giving him a high-five or pat on the back.That was very immature of him and he should calm down,violance is never the answer.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  60. Raj

    If a coach who abuses his students like Mike Rice , I would draw the line by reporting the incident to the team's CEO.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  61. Joy

    I would draw the line right there! It's not right for a coach to be abusive to his players and hurt them without any words of encouragment.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  62. Deanna

    I think I would draw the line right before he says something because who would want to listen to that jerk-of-a coach?

    April 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  63. Noah

    Well, he definitely crossed the line. Verbal, harmless teasing is OK. But physical moral boosting? No. Not like that. Hands on the shoulders and telling them to get their head in the game is fine. But nobody should physically harm someone else for something small like mistakes in a game.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  64. Kelsie

    All Mike Rice needed to do was take a breather instead of letting his anger out on his players, he owes them a big appolyogy. His actions were unacceptable and inappropriate.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  65. Marquise

    This coach was unacceptable. I would start to draw the line if he started to hit me with the basketball it the face or any where. He was inappropriate to his students and to him self and he should get banned from coaching and fired from the team.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  66. Ricky

    I I think that the coach has really gone out of the line. He just wants to gain fame and to do that by throwing basketballs at his players that he trained ? That is not the right path to go down to.....

    April 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  67. Monique

    iI draw the line at least swearing or physical actions torwards the teams.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Monique

      I draw the line at least swearing or physical actions towards the teams.

      April 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  68. Kevin

    What the coach did was totally wrong. If I was a player on the team, I would call 911for the coach abusing children or quit and go directly to an adult that'll stop him. Throwing basketballs and cursing at a couple of kids who are not even teens yet is just inappropriate. I'm disgusted by this. He deserved to be fired.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  69. Allyson

    I think that what he did was comepletely unacceptable, drawing the line for this is having a coach yell at you is the most tolerance a player could handle.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  70. Emily

    Coaches can be mean or tough but I would draw the line if my coach was throwing basketballs at me.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
  71. Daryl

    I think that the coach just got obsessed with trying to improve his team. He was probably fine in the begining, but eventually he kept on trying to make his team better and he got obsessed.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
  72. Daniel

    There is tough love but there is a line you have to draw between the two.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  73. Tyla

    I think the coach went to far by throwing basketballs at the basketball players.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  74. Ke'Andre

    I would draw the line at throwing the basketballs at the players. The coach deserved to be fired. He is an bad coach for doing that.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  75. Tariana

    Not right because its abuse

    April 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  76. Neijae

    This coach should be sued and charged. Because he should not be physically hitting or touching kids that are not his.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  77. Sade

    Not good

    April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  78. Victoria

    I don't think the coach was very smart, he would hurl the ball at the kids. I think he is just "Sorry" because he wants his job back, I wouldn't give it back to him! Ha "SORRY"!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  79. Chiara

    His behavior was unacceptable. No one should be able to touch anyone or say anything harmful to anyone. He's a coach not a parent . And he was very dumb to think that what he was doing was gonna help the team be better in any type of way. He should of deserved alot more than just being fired. But if I was one of the players on the team I would have told him off a long time ago before he was discovered.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  80. Destiny

    I think that it was wrong for the coach to that to the players because if it wasn't for the players on the basketball team they wouldn't be playing for him when he was the coach. To be honest I'm glad that he was fired because he abuse those people that was so wrong!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  81. Marianita

    I think he knew what he was doing was wrong and he needs to be held accountable for his actions would he like it if someone threw basketballs at his head.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  82. Danny

    I think this guy should have got more than a fine and fired. I think he should go to jail for child abuse.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  83. Jose

    I would draw the line when he started abusing the players.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  84. zac

    The coach had no right to throw the basketball at the people at practice!!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  85. Talia

    This coach is obviously very aggressive and its good that he was fired. There was no excuse for what he had done. Physical abuse is not the answer to hard workers. If their pushed too hard they will try too hard and could end up like Kevin Ware. And that could just lead to more violence. We know it takes a bit of a nudge to get people to work harder but he crossed the line the moment he started all that nonsense.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  86. Janelle

    I think its a good thing the coach is fired & its a good thing that he's taking those anger-management classes. Throwing and hitting is abuse to us humans. I wonder what he'll do if he got hit with basketballs and got thrown at.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  87. Denae

    I think the coach was being dumb and did't know what he was getting into.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  88. lol

    I think that his crazy how would trow a ball at someone.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  89. jake

    i think what the Mr. rice did the wrong thing and have nothing to do about the school any more.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  90. jake

    the coach is very dumb becuase he can not value his players

    April 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  91. medez

    i think that the coach made a huge mistake throwing basketballs at the players. It is a good thing he got fired.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  92. lexie

    I think the coach should have been fired at the beging because hitting a kid in the back in the head with a basketball that is when i think he should have been fired.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  93. ray

    I would draw the line when you are physically hurting the players and that dosent help anybody play better.If anything it makes tham play worse.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  94. Daisuke

    Any coaches exist to encourage his or her players to improve their play. Through abusing, who will become better?

    April 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  95. Tom

    I think that coach Mike Rice did the wrong thing and appoligizeing was not enough for the players, the fans, the university, and his family. He shamed himself and deserved to be fired!!!!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  96. gabby

    i will feel i shame to him and that should hert to the kids that got hert whith the basketball so he sould be fierd from his job.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  97. Louis

    I think this coaches behavior was thoroughly irrational and he really needs to get a higher emotional quotient. I saw the article on the CNN main and the things he says are extremely disparaging. But even on account of all that, with my superior intelligence (jk jk jk) i can judge that the punishments are rather intense... Getting fired and fined are totally rational but $75,000? To reduce that to the tenth would suffice. I mean like how rich is this guy? But even so its going to be next to impossible for him to find a new job... At least he said he was sorry but he really overreacted and unless he can learn to control his emotions better later on, hes going to have loads of trouble in any other field as well.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  98. Pixy

    why would a coach do that to his students he ethier has no constions and he ethier has really bad anger issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  99. Talia

    I think that the way Coach Rice is treating his players is horrible. I am glad that he was fired. No coach should physically hurt his players. He was literally HURTING them.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  100. Joe

    I mean you can sometimes get angry but throwing and hitting them is just wrong to do

    April 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  101. brett

    i currently play three sports. coaches should not make physical contact in any way to punish players.

    April 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  102. Roman and Antonio

    That it's not right to abuse your player's and say ras

    April 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  103. Chloe

    This was way over the line. Back when I was in middle school (and not in homeschooling), out Gym teacher could be a little loud or even a tad bit rude, dare I say, but he never, ever laid a hand on us, or used any adult language of any kind. Honestly, as soon as Rice touched one of the players, he deserved to be fired right there, right then, and I also think he deserved some sort of prison sentence of some sort. There were other ways to coach his players, and the coach himself took advantage of his power and acted inappropriate for an adult towards the players.

    April 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Louis

      I think prison is a little extreme he did get fined seventy-five thousand dollars

      April 5, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  104. Nathaniel

    I think that if this coach repents, he should have a second chance. So many people to day are denying or bringing up excuses for their bad behavior

    April 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  105. Jorde

    In a college setting the players are choosing to be there. They have the choice to be on the team and go to practice. Also, when you take the sound away from the video, simple hands-on coaching looks like abuse. In my opinion the media has taken it too far.

    April 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  106. Cara

    Coaches should be encouraging and postive rather than physically hurting players. Yelling doesn't help the situation.Coaches should know their players and be able to motivate them in the right way.

    April 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  107. Katie

    Just that you got mad does not mean that you have to be throwing basketballs at the team to show that.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  108. Liza

    I think that the "line" is what I saw on today's(4/4) show. That is completely inappropriate and entirely unacceptable! A coach should be cheering his team on, not tearing them down. If he has criticism, then he could tell the player and tell them what they could do differently,not throwing basketballs at them!

    April 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  109. Abbey

    I think he was tough on the players. But the suspension, the fine AND the anger managment classes be enough. He did apologize. People really should just be happy with thwt.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  110. Lillyana

    He did apologize. He also got a punishment of a suspension, a fine and, anger managment classes. It's not like he hospitalized any of the players. People need to let it go.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  111. Michael

    Coaches should not be so mean to the players you should build them up not tear them down.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  112. Jaiden

    I think he was being a jerk, I would draw the line at the verbal abuse, and physically abusing the players was crossing that line big time.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Smashy

    I think when it comes to the persons safety or wellbeing I would draw the line.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  114. Hannah

    The coach had no right to hit those kids like that, especially since he's being paid to teach them. It's okay to make them work hard or maybe to even yell at them as long as it is for reasonable reason. At the least he should be fired because those student might now be afraid of him

    April 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  115. Lily

    Sometimes it is okay to push on your players a little bit, but not as he did. It is very inappropriate for that coach to physically hurt his players. Awful.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  116. rutta

    I think that the coach was very mad. the coach is going to jails. i think thats was a mad idea

    April 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  117. jessica

    i think that it is wrong for the coach to yell or be physical with the players. Hes spose to be profesional.its good he got fired.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  118. Dean

    It depend on the relationship built between the coach and the players. If players really love the coach, and vise versa, some kinds of physical punishments have positive effects on the improving the skills of players.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  119. casiana

    Well, first of all, what the couch did was unexcusable and unprofessional. The coach being terminated was the right the decision. He behaved in an unprofessional manner with his team and there is no excuse for it.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  120. Alyssa

    I think what draws the line is TO much violence! I think that abusing and hurting team members also draws the line!

    April 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  121. Davis

    I think the coach should not have let his anger get the best of him and just continued giving the players positive reinforcement.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  122. Brandon :-)

    i think the coach was abuseive and should be charged with child abuse.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  123. Raymond

    I think the coach was very,very wrong about abusing the players,if he was at least a little nicer,he wouldn't have been fired.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  124. Connor

    I'm fine with having strict coaches and teachers but physically abusing people is just wrong.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  125. Sue

    I think that hitting or cursing doens't matter because it's part of teaching and leading the players into right way. But considering that even the coach admitted himself for being abusive, I guess he was too hard on players.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  126. logan

    some times you go overboard.... but that does not mean you should not get a second chance! He might have been feeling angry with his players but everyone learns by their mistakes.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
  127. logan

    I think they should give him another chance because he is human. Our nature is to make mistakes and learn from them then do it right the next time.

    April 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  128. Rylee

    Throwing basketballs at your players head?!? That is so insane and so stupid! I would have drawn the line at yelling but this, this is not right and would scar your life and career forever.

    April 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  129. Adam

    Okay in my opinion he went to far! there is certain limits to getting your team to work harder! throwing and swearing at them is not gonna help at all! but i dont agree with him getting fired! i think a suspension was a good enough punishment!

    April 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  130. Arturo

    I can understand getting angry but you should never abuse your players. They're trying their best. Everyone gets a little angry but he shouldn't have done that.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
  131. Anusha

    "Tough Love" or as those coaches call it, may be beneficial, encouraging the players to work hard. But it becomes too much when your "tough love" counteracts and, instead of helping your players, emotionally degrades your players. And then you look like a mad man. It's a lose-lose situation.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  132. Tamara

    I draw the line at yelling, and would only really do it when the player did or said something unpleasant or was complaining. Throwing basketballs and tripping them is just not right.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:41 am |
  133. Raj

    Sometimes, a little push beyond the norm may be necessary to attain results. But physical abuse shouldn't take a place as an incentive to progress.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:00 am |
  134. Samantha

    This is unacceptable. Why would you throw a basketball at a player's HEAD?!?! I mean, seriously. It's ridiculous, and he deserved to be fired.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  135. ilanytte

    Just because he got mad doesnt mean he should be throwing basketballs at his team.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  136. Austin

    I am not going to college but if i did go to college i would expect to be able to get a job after i graduate but like i said i am not going to college.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  137. Matthew

    I would have given him a warning and restrict his time with the students and have a second coach for that.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  138. Erica

    If the person who gets a hit defines his feeling as angry, that is where I draw a line between violence and non-violence.

    April 7, 2013 at 2:38 am |
  139. Abbye

    Your anger does not mean you can physically abuse these players. Cursing is a no-no for students. Students can be bullied by being verbally abused by other students so why can adults do it and all that it cost him was his job?

    April 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm |