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Published September 23, 2009, 09:01 AM

A promising player and high school coaching issues

(WDAY Sports) - Tonight on Further Review, a groundbreaking commitment for Bison basketball and a few thoughts on how parent’s kids and coaches can all get along.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

(WDAY Sports) - Tonight on Further Review, a groundbreaking commitment for Bison basketball and a few thoughts on how parent’s kids and coaches can all get along.

Those in the know tell me this kid that NDSU got a verbal from yesterday, Trayvonn Wright, is a different kind of player than anyone they've ever had, a high-major talent that just needs some time to develop. They won the recruiting battle over a top level Missouri Valley program and a MAC school and that's a first. Who knows how he'll turn out, but it's a promising sign.

I don't know enough about the Barnesville situation to comment on who's handling what right or wrong, but it seems to me that we've gotten awfully sensitive on how our coaches talk to our kids. There are two issues here, criticism and language, none of us like to be criticized but part of growing up is learning that coaches are paid to push and challenge.

Winners look past the words and understand the coach is trying to get our attention and make a point to make us and our team better and sometimes they get in our face to do it. Moms and dads, we can do our kids a big favor by teaching them this at an early age.

Athletics is an emotional business, and sometimes things slip out. Mild profanity is unfortunate but hardly a cause for staff changes. Sports is part of growing up, and that means dealing with and adapting to the unfamiliar.

What cannot be tolerated are insults, telling a kid you're a loser or a disgrace is out of line whether profanities involved or not. A coach’s first job is to help build up young people and anything that tears down is out of bounds.

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