Even in semi-retirement Randy Galloway felt the need to assault me via the written word, and it is here on this platform that the man deserves to know not only do his aging punches still land, they hurt. And cut.
In Mr. Galloway's column on Texas head football coach Charlie Strong and his wave of dismissals, the venerable, aged, and some may say decrepit sports writer took aim at the downtrodden and harmless - me.
In this column, Mr. Randy wrote:
Based on the pulpit pounding I read from my esteemed colleague, the Rev. Mac Engel, the players doing that kind of coach shoving are the “knucklehead element” who must be eliminated from a local college football program.
Are you listening, Gary Patterson? Stop recruiting “knuckleheads.” Rev. Engel said so.
GP has certainly had his TCU problems with that element over the last few years, and lately it involves the ongoing headaches associated with once-stud defensive end Devonte Fields.
I agree with Rev. Engel. Get rid of Fields. This is twice he’s been an embarrassment, although this current case is much more serious than a year ago.
But in total disagreement with Rev. Engel, there’s also not a college football program in the land that can afford to eliminate all the knuckleheads in recruitment.
In his advanced state, Randy has fallen for the Coach Tough Guy Kicks Everybody Off The Team routine; it serves as a message to the roster while also immediately lowering expectations and may give the coach an additional year to stink.
Mr. Randy knows that no decent college football team can be completely devoid of knuckleheads. No bad college football team can be completely devoid of knuckleheads. It's college, where acting like a dope is written off as kids being kids.
What Randy's Miller Lite-branded brain fails to realize is that there is a line, and a delicate ratio of saints and sinners on any team. This is a delicate balance that requires a group of "mature kids" who will instill a level of accountability that even the knuckleheads recognize and will fall in line.
Charlie Strong is taking no chances and purging all of them. Gary Patterson is taking a slightly different approach.
It is, however, always a delicate balance.
Here endeth the lesson.
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