So what’s the big deal, wonder former Chiefs running back Ted McKnight?
“All the coaches I’ve had were tough on me,” McKnight says.
As for the possibility Mangino poked and/or choked an offensive lineman in practice, “Are you kidding me?” McKnight says. “You’re going to worry about a guy with shoulder pads and a helmet on and the coach pushing him? That’s part of the game. I don’t know if we’re looking to have kinder, gentler coaches, but…”
Football players need to man up and not take things personally, McKnight says. Even at the college level.
“You know, when it’s all said and done, (coaches) give you a pat on the butt and send you out into the world,” McKnight says. “I don’t know, maybe the players are softer now. Football is as physical as it is mental. And anybody who doesn’t know that doesn’t understand the game. There’s a level of toughness that comes with it and if somebody needs to be coddled out there, put him in the band.”