Oregon and Michigan: Violence, Discipline, and Codes of Conduct

Posted by Michael Collins on September-23-2009 Add Comments

The leadership and values coaches instill in their players reflects on themselves and their universities.

In turn, players’ actions often reflect those coach’s values.  Nick Saban has quietly brought discipline as well as new talent to Alabama, which left no room for those who did not behave as he expects.

The responses to two incidents in this young college football season are illuminating.


We all watched replays of Oregon’s top running back, LaGarrette Blount, sucker punch Boise State’s Byron Hout.  Hout had yelled in Blount’s face, tapped him on the shoulder, and turned away.

Blount was apologetic after the game: “I just apologize...

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