These Coaches Tried To 'Teach' Women About Football In The Most Sexist Way
Somehow, someway, someone at Texas A&M University thought this was a good idea.
That someone (or, rather, some ones) are A&M assistant football coaches Jeff Banks and Jim Turner, who were suspended for two weeks by the school after putting together a slideshow full of sexual innuendos for a female fan event.
During a portion of the event that was seemingly meant to be educational and teach the audience about the "do's and don'ts" of the game, the coaches gave "tips" that would eventually land them in trouble.
College football writer Anwar Richardson posted four photos that were taken at the A&M event.
While The Dallas Morning News reports some women in the room laughed, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin took it as no joke when he announced on Friday evening the two coaches would be suspended.
Sumlin said in a statement,
There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent.
The two coaches even went as far as changing the lyrics of the school's unofficial fight song, apparently to create a specific version for the crowd of nearly 700 women.
The reward for their stunt? Banks and Turner will now go two weeks without pay and engage in 20 hours of community service. The two apologized in a statement that read,
We clearly understand now that our comments and slides were not appropriate or consistent with the values of our football program or our department. We must do better, and we will.
Turner, in particular, is no stranger to football controversies. He was once the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, but got fired after an investigation found he contributed to a locker room environment in which players bullied former offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
In the past, during a previous tenure as a coach at Texas A&M between 2008 and 2011, Turner reportedly gave similar presentations to the one that ultimately got him suspended.
One fan even told The Dallas Morning News she saw no problem with it in the past or present.
It's never been an issue. I was surprised at the backlash.
Coach Sumlin, however, did see an issue.