Former Mounties head coach takes lead role with Marauders
Mcmaster head coach, university part ways over alleged incident
It isn’t unusual for football fans to see an incensed head coach rushing onto the field to verbally assault a game official over a missed or bad call.
Locally, we have observed some questionable officiating and the occasional exchange with an official by a coach in the Atlantic Universities Football Conference, where so much rests on any call.
Yes, locally, over the years Mounties coaches have been guilty of such behaviour. It goes as far back as the days of Gus Macfarlane, who would often turn an official’s goof into a joke.
In more recent years, coaches like Steve Lalonde, Scott Fawcett and even Kelly Jeffrey would express views differing from what they saw taking place on the field. Perhaps Scott Brady took protests to a new level and the new man on the scene – Peter Fraser – has already been observed in disputes with the arbiters.
One head coach who seldom allows his frustrations to rise to the surface is Scott O’neal. It may help that officiating has had little impact on the Titans during the past four seasons as they have usually outclassed the opposition so badly that a few bad calls could make little difference in the outcome of the game.
Obviously, many of the disputes occur on marginal calls and if two teams are of near equal strength even one bad call can mean the difference between winning and losing.
This column was actually sparked by the firing of Greg Knox, head coach of the Mcmaster Marauders by the Hamilton, Ont.,university.
The 48-year old career coach was released after a meeting with the school’s human resources department and the decision has definitely not sat well with the team’s players.
This axing follows an investigation by the school into an incident but details of what transpired have not been made public.
An independent third-party report into an incident involving Knox was accepted by the university.
“After careful consideration, the university has determined it will be proceeding with a leadership change and Knox is no longer employed by the university and is not part of the coaching staff.”
Knox had recorded a 15- 6 record since taking over the team and recently added Scott Brady as his defensive coordinator.
According to reports, he was suspended for an alleged incident a month earlier in a game against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, which involved allegations of harassment and threats of physical violence made against a sideline official. For this he was handed a one-game suspension by Ontario University Athletics.
As an aside and for those wondering about the salary level of head football coaches, Knox was earning $113,456 a year.
Let this punishment be a warning for all coaches: you have your job to do and officials on the field are also earning a living, so a code of conduct must be followed in order for the game to proceed.
it has just been announced that defensive coordinator Scott Brady, former Mounties head coach, and offensive coordinator Tom Flaxman will serve as interim head coaches until a final decision is made.