If you really give a damn about young men like Josh Jarboe, the Oklahoma recruit that was recently dismissed from the team by Bob Stoops, then you have as much sadness as righteous anger over Jarboe’s outrageous actions in a video talking about shooting people. After Jarboe’s video came out, Bob Stoops did the only thing he could do by dismissing him, because Stoops cannot take the chance that Jarboe would come into the Norman, Oklahoma community and wreak havoc on its citizens. What kind of society, and family, produces someone that would do a rap video talking about shooting people with guns? Where are the parents, the high school teachers, the mentors in Jarboe’s hometown that could have gotten to this young man who evidently is a very promising football player? It is outrageous that there is not more indignation over this video, because it goes to the heart of what is wrong with many communities in our country. Violence against our fellow citizens is being glorified, in rap songs, in the media, and most disturbingly, even inside families. That is just outrageous, and it is causing massive amounts of damage to our country.
Many of us here at Coaches Hot Seat have been in combat in the US military and we have sent men to a premature meeting with their maker, and thus we are very capable of violent acts. The key word in that sentence is “capable” especially if our families, ourselves, and our friends are threatened. That we are “capable” of that violence does not mean we inflict carnage on the citizens of our Republic just because we can do it, and in fact the one sure sign of a civilized society is human beings respecting the rights of other human beings. There is no thrill in killing a fellow human being, only the realization as President Dwight Eisenhower said about war: “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” No, violence is not something to celebrate or “rapped” about and since there is a very clear line between civilization and savagery, Jarboe very clearly crossed that line by rapping about such barbaric things, and rightly paid a price for his behavior. Across the globe on this day human beings are inflicting terrible tragedy on their fellow human beings, and anything that celebrates the violence that goes unchecked in so many places, is something that must not be allowed to exist in our country. As for a college football player on an athletic scholarship inflicting violence or rapping about shooting people, there is no room at all for such a player in this great game.
Josh Jarboe does not have a clue, and we are fairly confident does not care about the real world damage that is being done by his actions, and the behavior of other people in our country that celebrate violence and killing. Here in the San Francisco Bay area several portions of the cities of Oakland and Richmond, California are enveloped in drug dealing, killing, and gang activity, and that violence is having a real impact upon the kids in those communities. Many of us here at Coaches Hot Seat have helped out in these communities in the past, mentoring kids by taking them to ballgames, museums, festivals, helping out with groceries, school supplies, and clothes, and generally trying to give these kids an opportunity and a vision of what their lives could be. Unfortunately, with the current level of violence in the cities of Oakland and Richmond our activities to try and help out kids in these communities have been vetoed by a power we cannot ignore, our wives. You see, we have families of our own, and we have wives and kids that rightfully point out that it is not worth getting ourselves killed to help kids in a community that has no interest in helping itself. We cannot help but sadly agree, and pull-back from communities that are really suffering as the economy gets worse, and it is the Josh Jarboe’s of the world and others like him that are responsible for our pull-back, and we are fairly sure that Jarboe and the people that promote violence, brag about shooting people, and generally contribute to the downfall of our society do not care one bit that there are kids that could have been helped, but now will not be. That is just a damn shame, but it is the reality of a society that allows violence to be celebrated.
Bob Stoops did the only thing he could have done by tossing Jarboe, and Bravo! to him for doing just that. The disciplinary problems of college football players are just a very small part of things that are wrong in our society, but this is an area where we believe we can have an impact. It is not acceptable for college football players that have been granted athletic scholarships to some of the best colleges and universities on the planet, to be out getting drunk, getting into fights, and generally making fools of themselves. College football players should be examples to other young men in this country, and when they are out getting into trouble, it only debases our society and provides the exact wrong message to our young people. Charles Barkley is wrong. Barkley is a role model for our youth whether he likes it or not, and college football players are role models as well, and their behavior should reflect the position they hold in our society. We believe that the bad behavior of college football players is a direct reflection of their head coach’s emphasis or lack of emphasis on acting right and being a shining example to others in this country, especially our youth, and head football coaches need to be held accountable for the bad behavior of their players. Recently, we reluctantly added the first attorney to Coaches Hot Seat, a former prosecutor turned software executive, and he has been chomping at the bit to put together a Coaches Ranking based upon the bad or good behavior of his players. Like all attorneys, our lawyer will have no problem gaining access to arrest records across the country, and he will easily be able to put together a ranking of coaches that are allowing their college football players to run wild and wreak havoc on local communities. Coaches Hot Seat’s Annual Summer Retreat to Lake Tahoe is just over a week away, and our newest CHS member (the lawyer) will have a Coaches Disciplinary Problems Ranking ready to go at that time. We don’t want to do this Ranking, because we believe that coaches have enough on their plate coaching their teams, but it is time that head football coaches are held accountable when their players act badly, and we believe that this is a Ranking that no head football coach will want to be on the top of. If a head coach doesn’t believe that being ranked as someone that is having a lot of disciplinary problems with his players is a big deal, go ahead and try to tell that to his college president or trustees, that already peruse Coaches Hot Seat on a regular basis.
This is very simple for college football players: If you do drugs, GONE! If you get drunk and get a DUI, GONE! If you cannot act like a human being in public, GONE! If you are going to go out and fight with people, GONE! If you do not respect your head coach, your teammates, your university, and most importantly your family, by getting yourself into trouble all the time, GONE! It’s over, get your sorry ass out of here, and you’re lucky I don’t kick your ass right here in this office for what a fool you have made me look like by recruiting you to this institution.
If you are not going to be a decent and productive member of the human race, GONE!
College head football coaches can bring this terrible behavior to an end, which is threatening the integrity of the game of college football, if they are willing to stand up collectively and say, ENOUGH!
If the coaches will not bring this madness to an end, then they will find themselves out a job. It is as simple as that.
To the majority of head football coaches that are doing a great job with discipline on their football team and with their players. THANKS.