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Resignation Prompts Questions about Effective Coaching Methods


Kansas City, MO – KU's champion football coach Mark Mangino stepped down this week, in the wake of a very public investigation as to whether he abused and humiliated his players.

Mangino had been credited with rebuilding the team over the last eight years, leading them to their best season ever in 2007. They went 12-1, won the Orange Bowl, and Mangino was national coach of the year. But some players say he verbally and emotionally abused them, while others say his strict discipline made them into better players and men.

Where is that line between discipline and abuse, and how do you know if your coach, or your child's coach is going too far? KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross asked UMKC professor Pellom McDaniels, who studies, among other things, masculinity and sports. McDaniels has a lot of experiences with coaches himself, as a former defensive lineman for the Chiefs.

If you want to weigh in on this conversation, Dr. McDaniels will be a guest next week on the Walt Bodine Show, along with the Ethics Professors - that's on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10am.

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Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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