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He'd fit in well here
Seriously though, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Pretty eloquently written, gotta give him credit there I suppose.
"I've got a refrigerator for you, Alexis...f#@* off."
Even if everything he said was true, he sounds like an emotional headcase. I wouldn't hire him if he came to me for work.
"RCMB: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainry." - some dude from MgoBlog
Damn...made that guy look like the biggest asshole in the world. Hopefully he gets healthy and has luck elsewhere
He's now tweeting the link.
Thank you, Denicos.
I'd wager $1k this kid will look back in 20 years and wish he had been smart enough to have handled this differently.
The other thought that comes to mind is why does the guy think that Kill manipulated him and mistreated him so much? Does he really think Kill gets some sort of power rush from it? I suppose it's possible, but teaching college in a field that's extraordinarily competitive i can say that the teachers and coaches i know are too caught up in trying to find ways to push their kids to reach their absolute best potential to have time to consider their own feelings of power, let alone to plan out (manipulate) how they're going to get those feelings of power. It seems much more likely Kill just used methods that work for some kids (and make them love him for it) but it didn't work for this one.
Of course Kill could be an exception and just be a beast too.
Kill really pissed him off. Apparently, not someone you should demean in front of the entire team, which btw is NOT a good motivational coaching technique.
Well written, the guy isn't a dummy. More power to him, hope he lands another university.
This post was edited by Bender 20 months ago
Nίκη για MSU
The kid volunteered, by walking on, to play football.
Obviously not right in the head to begin with. Just sayin'
Don't post poop!
The bloggers might pick up on the story, but as far as this AJ's impact on the Minnesota program, I doubt there is any. They'll get back to work tomorrow, make a couple jokes about the letter, and be on to prepping for MSU.
Any coach that does bring him in won't be doing it to reward AJ's self proclaimed high moral ground, he'll be doing it simply because he thinks the kid can help him win.
I think he'd have had more options if he hadn't written the letter. Coaches have differing tactics, but they all embrace the chain of command. Pete Carroll and Nick Saban were polar opposites, but any player that forgot who was in charge would be reminded of it very quickly.
I'd probably be pretty spun out too if someone in a position of authority treated me like that. Especially the personal attacks on his character as a PERSON. That's fucked up, IMO. Assuming it's all true, of course.
Yeah, but banging out a 30 million word rant and tweeting it all over the internet is completely insane. People will cross you in life. Have to learn how to handle your business better than that. I'm sure he will after this.
Even if all the kid said is true, the kid seems to have have a problem as well. A simple "I quit because I don't respect you and I don't believe that you have my best interests in mindt" would have been sufficient .
"I think the world is run by C students"
Uhh, he hasn't played in their last 3 games and still has more double the yards and TDs of the #2 receiver. He has 7 TDs and no one else has more than 4. He also averages 19.2 YPC.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I have no problem with the way the kid handled it. He didn't have a scholarship and didn't owe Kill or Minnesota anything.
Can he come to MSU? Please? We need people like this.
So much for the player's coach angle
WOW! Sounds like Kill is a total jerk and this letter has been a work in progress for sometime. Best wishes to Barker.
Showed a lack of class and demonstrated much immaturity. He could have made his point and taken the high road at the same time.
Did Blanch write that for the guy? Holy shit no spell check.
December 3, 2011 - Forever haunted by what I witnessed...
EDIT: Meant to quote:
Can he come to MSU? Please? We need people like this.
No we don't.
I'm sorry things didn't work out for the kid, and best of luck to him in the future, but don't want him anywhere near our roster. Two sides to every story, and way too much chance of serious baggage with this guy.
This post was edited by Fred Garvin 20 months ago
he sounds physically tough and sacrificed for the team without even being considered for a schollie, looks like the kid was well past his breaking point. He will play with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove, I think he would be a good player to have on a team- seriously.
It's not like he made fun of Kill for having seizures or anything. Kid felt he was wronged and laid out why without name-calling. I can understand that many would handle if differently but it doesn't seem classless to me, especially since he is paying his own way.
This post was edited by Giant Moose 20 months ago
Is your dog Lou the Deer? Its body is so much fatter than its neck.
You honestly think he handled that properly? Unless Kill was physically abusive or doing something illegal - there is no way in hell you can rationalize that what the kid did was the most appropriate path. Will it eff him his whole life? Maybe not...but it 100% wasn't the right way to handle things.
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