Huskies glean different message from Rutgers coach's antics
The abusive actions of former Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice were not lost on Washington football players.
TODD DYBAS; Staff writer Published:
April 7, 2013
... The glimpse of Rice's coaching tactics - screaming, intimidating, frothing, insulting - provided a peek into the approach many coaches take. They want to bully their point across.
"I definitely had coaches, AAU ball, that used crazy language," Washington quarterback Keith Price said. "I wouldn't say put their hands on you, but if they could, they would."
Wide receiver Kasen Williams said he was a "slow learner" when he arrived at Washington. The depth of the Huskies' playbook and overall adjustment to NCAA Division I football was a challenge for him. He said a volatile approach like Rice's would have forced him to tune out what he needed to learn.
"That does nothing but push back a relationship between a coach and a player," Williams said. "That makes a player not want to be around the coaches, learn from the coaches because we have that memory of the coach being abusive. ...
... Though he doesn't know Rice and pointed out that the video was a small part of thousands of hours of practice, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian used the situation as a reminder to his staff of acceptable parameters in coaching. ...