Originally posted by nolemrs54: Great post Nolewr. I've wondered about the Mat Drills since DD's passing myself. Do you know if any of those changes were mandated in the court proceedings when his family sued the university that would keep the athletic dept. from allowing any changes from being made back to the way it was? I agree though that we do need to get back to a much "tougher and meaner" attitude but would not want to put the players health in jeopardy to do it.
I don't know for sure. I do know that some of the changes (such as allowing water) were pretty much forced (though the coaching staff most certainly was't going to protest anything at that point), but I don't know from where.
This post was edited on 1/15 11:51 PM by nolewr
Posted on 1/15 11:27 PM | IP: Logged
Thanks for the responses. It's a tough situation all the way around -- I can't imagine how the coaches must've felt.
At the same time, if there's any way that we can come up with another form of bonding/team building that is forged through hard work (instead of some "ropes course"), I think it would help the program get back to where it needs to be.
I gather from the responses of former players that the drills were more about mental toughness and bonding than the atual physical rigor.
Posted on 1/15 11:44 PM | IP: Logged
Thanks for the perspective and for the specifics on the changes. I had heard the drills were "watered down" some but did know exactly how. The water breaks seem reasonable and the reduction of time at stations by nearly 15% probably makes a big difference. I have to agree that the old manner of send backs would be a good thing to reinstate maybe with the training staff having more authority to intervene if they think an individual needs to be pulled from a drill. The only time I have ever passed out cold from exhaustion/fatigue in my life was during mats in a multiple send back scenario and thankfully an amonia tab up the nostril cured that condition pretty fast.
Posted on 1/17 1:04 PM | IP: Logged
Ah yes, if they had it out for someone in your segment but not in your specific group it could make for an easy day. I remember one day only going once on the mats in 21 minutes because of other groups getting sent back. I also remember getting sent back a few times in a row and how much that sucked.
Posted on 1/17 1:30 PM | IP: Logged
these former players that post are freaking money! Get some more on here!