Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Is Towson's Football Program in Trouble?

Trevor Walker

I already brought you the story of Towson running back Terrance West, but here is something new from Towson linebacker Trevor Walker, who wrote this letter to the editor to Towson's school newspaper about the practices of head coach Rob Ambrose. I want to preface this with saying that people get angry when they're refused playing time, but man this is some pretty salacious stuff.
This letter is being written on behalf of many current and former players of the Towson University football team. Head Coach Rob Ambrose has openly disrespected and mistreated members of the team on a consistent basis. This is also true of the Defensive Coordinator Coach Matt Hachmann. Please excuse the language but this is a descriptive example of a statement coach Ambrose made following a practice during the week of our game against St. Francis this current season.
In as exact words as possible he stated: “I do not care what your religion is. I do not care if I offend anyone. But even if Jesus and his disciples come in here on Saturday, we are going to fuck them up and get them the fuck out of here.”
That particular statement offended many players on the team especially those with strong Christian beliefs. On top of that, there are many other questionable things said we believe are crossing the line of ethics He has also made remarks on the lines of ruining players live to the point where they would not be able to transfer to any other school if they cross him to a certain extent. Some members of the team are scared to speak up because of the perceived personal repercussions if the coaches caught wind of it. But it has gotten to the point where many players have talked about quitting even in the midst of winning games.
There is also many violations in practice hours per day. We have been presented with practice logs that coach Ambrose submits weekly which we have found to be completely inaccurate. Ambrose holds punishment runs almost daily throughout the week at 6 a.m. but does not post them on any of his practice logs.
He also logs inaccurate time lengths of our practices and meetings. This is an issue we have already presented to the compliance office.
We are held to a very high standard as student-athletes to do the right thing on a consistent basis regardless of it is popular or not. In return we expect the same thing from the coaching staff and the athletic department. We have a very sincere love for our University and we know you do as well. We take it upon ourselves to represent the school well on and off the field because we know it is a privilege to be able to do so. We are sending this meesage in hopes that this urgent issue will be addressed and that the wrongs will be corrected in ways the University sees fit. We appreciate you taking the time to hear our concerns.
Thank you.
* Another former player also drafted this letter, but did not consent to having his name published.
If the claim about practice times is found to have basis, Ambrose could be in some serious trouble with the NCAA, who have strict guidelines about that sort of thing. At the same time, coaches are mostly dickheads and kids need to learn that.

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