For­mer Moun­ties head coach takes lead role with Ma­raud­ers

Mcmaster head coach, univer­sity part ways over al­leged in­ci­dent

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - BY WAL­LIE SEARS

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.

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