Saturday, January 24, 2009

Nestor gets blue ribbon for candor

Elon's Ernie Nestor is one of the rare breed of coaches: the philosopher-kings. Guys like South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Davidson's Bob McKillop who, rather than spouting clich├ęs or even nothing at all, will offer an intelligent answer on almost any subject.

Take his recent comments on yelling at officials after a loss at Davidson:

“As a coach what you're doing is displacing your aggressions,” he said. “Psychology 101; you're mad because your team's not playing well, you see the official do something, you're gonna blast him because you're tired of dealing with your guys.

“At the same time, if you go on the road to play basketball, you don't expect calls, you don't expect help. It's that old line – 50 percent of the people don't care what your problems are and the other 50 percent are glad you've got ‘em.

“So if you're looking for sympathy, don't be involved in athletics. There's nothing fair; the fair is where you take your tomatoes.”

-- Stan Olson