University to fire ex-coaches over player's dirty tackle


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Fine, fire them, but there was absolutely no need for this to become the drama story it has become over the past few months.

The media in Japan, all of it, from NHK on down to the weekly tabloids, are all responsible for keeping this story in the news, when there was a hell of a lot of other news that SHOULD have taken center stage.

It's a shame that there is little self control within those that are supposed to be supplying us with news and information!

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Yeah, once all of the LDP's scandals started to have been out of memory this football story also was no longer reported on nonstop. It was such a blatant strategy of diverting the public's attention that I'm surprised more people didn't see through it.

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Wow! How much time and money has been wasted over this? It was a late tackle in a game of football. “Stop the world! I want to get off!” It seems extremely trivial to attract this much attention.

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Do they mean fired from his job and university or fired from his job and reassigned to another? There's a big difference in Japan.

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The Nihon University football "scandal" has received saturation coverage in the Japanese media, but there has been very little about the high school basketball player who hit a referee after being called for a foul. I wonder what happened to him? I asked that question in a post on this site, and my comment was deleted because it was "off track." The people who administer this site seem quite strange!

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This went on for too long because the University botched the response so badly that the press

just turned the knife. If they had come out and acknowledge the coaches were at fault, apologized and

then fired the coaches in the first week this would have been over. But they denied and denied the obvious. Many JT posters were complicit in trying to sugar coat the coaches role and blame the kid who was ordered to take the opposing quarterback out of the game. Now finally the right thing has been done and the school, beyond the lawsuit, can move on.

This is a big story as it exposes the corrupt and frankly dysfunctional side of sport in Japan at all levels and in all sports such as sumo, judo, football, basketball, baseball and so on. This one incident might not make a difference but if one coach of college kids thinks twice before harassing his kids, or beating them as if still done in Japan, then it is to the good.

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I can't imagine coaches have instructed explicitly their player to injure the other team's quarterback.

I'm sure the kind of commands given in all team sports are "neutralize him" or something similar. If indeed this coaches said something particular and it was misinterpreted because of the pressure they have given on their player it's a bit different story. It's a situation where no real offender exist but the boy that did the stupid tackle is the most to blame - absolutely stupid action way after the play have stopped.

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yorkiebob, I agree with you on all points.

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As a former football player I do not believe Japanese culture is suited for the sport of (American) football. In football, players instinctively know what the coach means when he says "kill the other team's quarterback." Unfortunately Japan's culture of blind obedience obscures this obvious interpretation. In addition, great football players often disregard their coach's instructions and improvise. This, of course, rarely happens in Japan.

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