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Charlie Strong on Kennedy Estelle Dismissal

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Some choice tidbits from his press conference.  My comments are the end.

The blue print of this program has been and always will be the change in helping direct the lives of young people. I'm sorry that another player had to be dismissed, but when you're told something over and over again...

We continue to develop young men. We will continue to ask them to follow our core values, which all of them have been brought up on. They understand what the core values are. When you are asked to do something and you are part of a team, and when you don't do it then you affect the whole team, and you affect the whole program.

Young people want discipline in their lives, and it's our job as a coaching staff to make sure that we provide him with discipline. I always look at it like this - right now, they are laying a foundation for 10 years from now. That foundation is the house they are going to live in, the wife they are going to pick to marry, their children and how they're going to provide for them and how they're going to raise them. If that foundation is provided for them now, 10 years from now they'll just be able to lean back on it and look back and say 'That's the life that I want to live.

Any time a player is dismissed from this program it hurts me because we are here to help young men. We are not here to run young men off; that's not our job. We're here to help them, and it just bothers me. When you're given an opportunity, you want to make sure you have every resource and everything available to help them be successful.

I always look at it - sometimes you see someone that has given so much and achieved so little and then someone that has given so little and achieved so much.

I'm not hard at all. Those guys have more fun around me then they will ever have around any coach, and that's just the atmosphere that I provide for them. I give them a lot of chances to get it right because I want them to still be successful.

When you say you're going to do something, it's just like your own child, they're going to challenge you. Now when they do challenge you, then what are you going to do about it? It's not so much the program, it's just that young men sometimes want to make a decision where they feel like it is their prerogative to do whatever they want to do. It just can't happen here.


Our program is being led by a solid dude - whatever the football results.  And you can tell he's deeply upset. He wants it more for these guys than they do for themselves.

Some of his values, which I've read and heard described as "strict" or "old fashioned" or "intolerant" or "meat-headed" are, in fact, the basis of a functioning civil society.

Basic respect for women, don't steal, don't carry guns for cheap street cred, don't lie, don't let your life be ruled by drugs or alcohol such that you can't live up to your responsibilities.

Radical stuff.

That's Charlie's insensitive campaign against the backdrop of Ray Rice knocking his fiance out cold and showing the emotion of a boa constrictor, Adrian Peterson beating a four year old with a switch hard enough to leave marks for a week and Aaron Hernandez ringing up the body count.  There are some pretty grotesque proliferating subcultures in our society that people mistake for cool, interesting or edgy with effects more far-reaching and a lot more devastating than our silly bread and circus every Saturday. Charlie - such a wet blanket.

Strong isn't going to tolerate or adorn himself with the trappings of those subcultures because it looks cute or makes him relatable.  Coaches don't lose locker rooms because of rules.  Coaches lose locker rooms from neglect and failing to stand for anything.  That's also how you lose communities and cities and countries.

You must become us.  We will not become you.

Charlie - "that old school meathead" - is aware of the bigger world, what's at stake, and what constitutes a well-led life more than that smirking media effete will ever fathom.