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Is there ever a justification for a coach handling a player? Read…

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  1. February 25, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Division III Holy Family University basketball coach John O’Connor resigned today, resulting from an incident last month when he got a little rough with player Matt Kravchuck, and a media firestorm ensued.

    The incident where the coach shoved his player to the ground and kicked him (which, the coach insisted was more like a nudge with his foot) during a “combat rebounding” drill was caught on tape, which might have helped blow things out of proportion.

    Holy Family forward Sam Mushman told the Associated Press that O’Connor informed the team on Thursday that he would step down. Neither the university or the coach have realeased a statement. The coach reportedly told the team of his resignation after learning that the police report Kravchuck filed would not result in criminal charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

    O’Connor and Kravchuck— who left the team after the incident left him with a bloody mouth and injured wrist—had not spoken since they appeared for an awkward reunion on Good Morning America yesterday, during which the coach tried to apologize for his actions.

    Kravchuck wasn’t really buying it:

    “To be honest, it’s kind of hard to accept your apology because you claim it’s justified and you claim you weren’t crossing the line, ” he said.

    That response was in part due to Good Morning America host George Stephanopolous asking O’Connor: “So you know now what you did is over the line, right?” To which, the coach responded: “Not really. I just feel that, you know, I was a coach and I was trying to get my team more competitive.”

    Kravchuck said he wanted some sort of action taken (though he wasn’t specific) against his coach. It’s unknown whether O’Connor has taken matters into his own hands and resigned from his position after three decades as a basketball coach, or whether the university forced his resignation.

    Kravchuck’s future with the team is uncertain, but his former teammates don’t seem thrilled with the result of this incident. Mushman said the team considered some kind of tribute to their coach, but will instead play in his honor.

    “We all know how we feel about him as a team,” Mushman said. “It doesn’t have to be said. We’ve spoken out in the news. We’ve written a team letter together. He knows we bought in to what he was trying to do.”


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