Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saltzman Says...Jerry Sloan resigning hurts Professional Sports

First Jeff Fisher steps down after 17 years in Tennessee's organization.  Fisher didn't get along with quarterback Vince Young.  Now, Jerry Sloan is reportedly walking away from Utah after almost 23 years.  Reportedly, Jerry Sloan is not seeing eye-to-eye with Deron Williams.  Professional sports will never be the same, and it only took two weeks.  Even major college sports is falling apart.  Joe Paterno is nearing retirement in the next few years, and Bobby Bowden stepped away last year.  Mike Krzyzewski might be the only coach immune to everything wrong with being a head coach when he signed a limetime contract back in 2001.  His tenure at Duke won't end until he steps away, and he doesn't seem interested in doing so anytime soon. 

2010 National Champions

"I don't think you necessarily have to have a lifetime contract to have commitment. What you need to have on a day-to-day basis is dialogue where you're not working for somebody, you're working with somebody," Krzyzewski said. "And I've never felt that I work for Duke or for my presidents or for my AD. I've always felt that I've worked with them, and they've provided the atmosphere for that to happen. I don't think that happens very much." said Coach K back in 2001 when he signed the contract.

Will we ever see a coach hit 20 years with one organization again?  I don't see it and that is sad.  There are only so many great coaches and to see owners and general managers recycling them like can and bottles is a waste of great minds.  The likes of an Eddie Robinson are no more.  Connie Mack, Casey Stengel, Red Auerbach, George Halas and Tom Landry have all passed away and it is too bad after what has occured this week.

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