Bad Behavior in the World of Sports

I’ve read in the newspaper about Brian Kelly, head coach at Univ. of Cincinnati (football), leaving his school and team, to take the same job at Notre Dame.  This in itself is not bad.  What is bad is the timing of the move.  Kelly is leaving his team, made up of young men, on the eve of their going to a big bowl game, the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida.  They’ve played for him, Kelly, all season, going undefeated, and he leaves them flat, as if he doesn’t care what happens to them in the Sugar Bowl.  How can this be?  Is this man a mature leader of young men or a fink?  Notre Dame is a Catholic university.  The Catholic Church traces its origins to Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whover wants to be first must be slave of all" (Mk. 10: 43f).  Notre Dame, by facilitating this move at this time, is ignoring a basic Christian principle of leadership, as taught by the Man whose statue stands near their endzone, a statue called ‘touchdown Jesus.’  How can Notre Dame do this?  I guess their ties with the church are not very strong or morally, they don’t practice what they preach.  Brian Kelly should be ashamed.  The Athletic Director and President of Notre Dame should both be ashamed.  The article I read in the sports section of the newspaper included some comments from disgruntled Cincinnati football players, showing their displeasure with their coach.  Rightly so.  Additionally, to pour salt into the wound that is hurting American sports, please know that this kind of thing happens often in that world.  Coaches leave their teams, made up of people with feelings who expect a decent measure of loyalty, at the drop of a hat, for greener pastures.  I need to examine my own life, to make sure I don’t act in this way.  Jesus loved his disciples and he loved them to the end.

About paulyr2

Single male, b. 1955, U.S. citizen, Italian, Christian, B.A. (Political Science) Seton Hall Univ., M.T.S. (Theological Studies) Drew Univ.
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