Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Maybe Pete Carroll Would Coach Better if He Went Back to College

   Does a coach need to get a college degree in coaching before he can coach? Why don't we start requiring our football and basketball coaches to obtain degrees before they can can coach, and especially if they want to coach at the highest level, in the NFL.
   Of course, I'm not serious. The reason I bring it up, though, is because I wonder why we think it such a great thing to require our teachers to have degrees before we will hire them, yet it is a different matter when it comes to football coaches.
   You might suggest football and basketball aren't important, therefore we don't require it. That might be true. But, then again, football can be all important. Society seems to attach a lot of importance on whether the Seahawks or the Broncos win the Superbowl. Now, if it is so important, aren't we going to have better coaches if we get them certified in coaching? Think how wonderful this will be, if we decide they need to be accredited before, say, the 2020-2021 season? I'm looking forward to seeing how much better Seattle's Pete Carroll and the Denver's Gary Kubiak will coach once they've been to college. The NFL has never had the advantage of having college certified coaches in all its years of existence. It just makes sense that the level of play in the NFL is going to rise once we start getting the coaches certified.
   Well, truthfully? I guess I wonder if one of the reasons we don't require them to be certified, is that we don't want to limit ourselves from hiring the very best when it comes to coaching. We want to be able to reach out and select the very best, regardless whether they obtained a degree in coaching.
   I think there's a lesson in there somewhere.

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