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Point is, did Wardle cross line, abuse players?

10:18 PM, May 14, 2013  |  Comments
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My wife and I have followed UW-Green Bay's men's and women's basketball for over 30 years. As a result, we read Rob Demovsky's article, "Wardle adds 6'4" guard in Findlay."

I do not know what the investigation of Ryan Bross' allegation against coach Brian Wardle will reveal. However, the comments in the article attributed to Findlay's prep school coach were troubling. "Being coached up is part of the game. If guys can't take being coached up, they probably should be playing girls' sports. We're producing men, and being a man is tough."

What exactly is being "coached up"? Being a woman isn't tough?

Actually, if the male recruits at UWGB did play women's basketball instead, they would be more successful. The women's basketball program has 15 straight league championships and 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances. Obviously, Kevin Borseth and Matt Bollant have consistently challenged their players and made them tougher and stronger.

Men's basketball coaching techniques vs. women's techniques is not the issue. The issue is whether Wardle crossed the line between appropriately challenging his players and abusing his players. Coach Rice at Rutgers clearly crossed that line and he was fired. Let's hope that the investigation of Wardle reveals he did not cross that line.

Darryl W. Deets

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