Great article in the L.A. Times today about how The Humanitarian is teaching his kids how to be better men. See, any objective person looking at the Shareece Wright situation would think that Cal Southern and its coaching staff are looking the other way to keep a talented football player on the field. After all, they are trying to win a national championship.
Not true. The Humanitarian is taking the contra view. Where others see yet another link in a long string of criminal behavior by his out of control football team, Uncle Pete sees opportunity.
"It's a tremendous challenge for everybody to stay in line, to keep track of what's going on and do the right thing." Carroll described Wright's situation as a "teachable moment" for his players. "Sometimes, when something happens like that, it helps a lot of people understand the reality," Carroll said.
Exactly, Pete. Tough love. I know it is the hard thing to do, but taking a hard line will only make these kids better men. It is time to finally put an end to this pattern of multiple felony arrests each and every year.
Asked if Wright would play against Oregon State, Carroll first pointed to the injury and Wright's inability to practice. In regard to any action he might take because of Wright's legal situation, Carroll said, "I don't have all the stuff that I need to make any decision."
Wait; what? No punishment? Stuff? What Stuff?
Call me crazy, but I would have thought the "teachable moment" in all of this would be to suspend the player to teach him and others on the team that behavior like this will not be tolerated.
No, turns out the "teachable moments" at Cal Southern are used to teach young thugs how to delay proceedings until after the season so that they can continue to play through the end of the year.
And thank God for the L.A. Times! Any objective paper would be writing stories about the disturbing nature of the win-at-all-costs attitude of the SC football program. Not the Times! To this insightful bunch [of SC alums], the spin on this story is how Carroll is using this sad, unforeseen and unfortunate situation as a teaching tool. Score one for hard hitting journalistic integrity!