Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Decision To Fire Tracy Claeys Was The Right One


The Minnesota Gophers fired Head Coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday after a relatively successful campaign for the team! The firing comes on the heels of a Tracy Claeys tweet in support of his team's boycott of the team a couple of weeks ago.

Sportmentary believes that the Gophers made the right decision to fire Claeys.

Public Reaction

After Tracy Claeys Tweet in support of his team that was boycotting the University of Minnesota and it's decision to suspend 10 players who were suspected of sexual assault was not popular in the community.

The community reacted harshly to both the team's boycott and Claeys tweet. The public was upset at what it perceived as incentive behavior towards victims of sexual assault.

A coach is a leader and that leader needs to guide young men in both football and life. It would be nice if a coach didn't have to worry about molding his players' moral behavior. The reality is that young men are impressionable. A coach can do a lot to set the tone of expected behavior.

Trays first reaction should have been to explain the situation to the team and explain that the type of behavior the players exhibited (illegal or not) was not the type of behavior that the team or the university condones.

Claeys failed to be a leader when he reacted like a little boy (like his players) and took to Twitter to voice his opinion.

While I might be wrong, the players' initial boycott was demanding that the team rescind its suspensions of the 10 players. Later it seemed it was amended to boycotting the lack of due process.

That type of behavior by his players should have been nipped in the bud immediately. Instead of waiting until the public backlash, Claeys should have immediately condemned sexual assault. 

Actually, Claeys probably shouldn't have been tweeting at all.

I might be wrong yet another time but I believe that the nature of the investigation and the reasons for the team suspending the ten players is confidential. The alleged victim always has privacy in a Title IX investigation.

It should also be noted that the determination of misconduct in a Title IX investigation is much lower than a finding of guilt in a court of law.

Readers should read the transcript of the alleged conduct of the players to determine if they think the players conduct was deplorable. I know as a parent of two girls, I expect much more from the Gophers and its former coach.

Did the reaction of the public have an effect on the university's decision to fire Claeys? You betcha! Their was a huge campaign to fire Claeys. His popularity had dwindled to next to nothing. The team didn't have much of a choice but to fire Claeys.

It's a shame because Tracy seemed to be taking this team in the right direction. I'm glad the decision to fire Claeys didn't come down to wins and losses.

Claeys Was An Employee Of The University OF Minnesota

Its important to note that Claeys was an employee of the University of Minnesota. His first duty is to his employer. Before tweeting his support for his players and their questionable and scandalous behavior, he should have checked in with his bosses.

Claeys never did that. He must have believed that his loyalty to his players came first. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong Mr. Claeys. Like other employers if the university is being condemned and criticized by the public (taxpayers), they will react accordingly.

Claeys put his employers in a very tough decision. They could have supported a coach that was very popular with his players but they chose to yield to public pressure.

I don't have a false belief that the University of Minnesota fired Claeys solely based on moral grounds. I think it had a lot to do with the public outcry against Tracy and the U and the Athletic Director's desire to bring in his own guy.

That is life. The university will always do what it can to preserve its reputation which was at an all-time low before this situation.

In the end, no matter the reasons for Claeys firing, the university made the right decision in firing Tracy Claeys.

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