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December 2000

December 2000


So Sue Me!

Coaches who cling to old-school-style coaching techniques may find themselves in court defending their behavior.
by: Jane Musgrave
© December 2000

WHEN NEWS SURFACED THAT A GEORGIA TECH offensive lineman and his mother wanted criminal charges filed against head coach George O'Leary after the 314-pound player was roughed up in practice, everyone had an opinion.

"This is getting out of hand. Soon we will have to arrest Dale Earnhardt for a hit-and-run accident at the Daytona 500," one Atlanta man wrote in response to a reader survey conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Still others, had a far different view.

"This kind of 'object lesson' is barbaric," another reader wrote. "Do pilot instructors put training pilots in arranged plane wrecks to teach them what it would feel like if they messed up their flight? Do parents throw their kids in front of traffic to teach them what it would feel like to be hit by a car? ... This coach should not be allowed to hi....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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