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November 1, 2013

Coaches grapple with line between discipline and abuse

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At Georgetown, the conversation is ongoing, according to Athletic Director Lee Reed.

"When you're in athletics, sometimes it's very intense, very emotional, very heated," Reed said. "Within that, we still have to be cognizant of not crossing certain lines. The certain line as we have tried to define it at Georgetown is making sure we're not being demeaning, derogatory and breaking people down."

But it falls to the coaches in the trenches to strike the balance.

"That aspect of coaching is quickly changing," Thompson said. "Say we're in practice, and [senior guard] Markel Starks does something that Coach Thompson doesn't like. Two, three, four, five years ago, one way of adjusting Markel Starks probably was acceptable. Today, it may not be.

"At the end of the day, I have 13 or 14 17- to 22-year-olds who don't always respond when you say, 'Markel, please run in there and get a rebound!' That doesn't mean you have to take it to the other extreme. We're now searching for where the line is."

 

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