BIG MCKINLEY: Dear Brent, Leave Coach Babers ALONE

billorange44

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I've seen reporters tick off the wrong people and that was the
Axe is a reporter. Smart reporters NEVER castrate the base of their platform...not even indirectly. I'm sure he just was having " a moment." WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES.
He did what he intended to. This was no mistake. I am a retired columnist myself. I wrote for three different newspapers over the years. As a matter of fact, Axe won the same award this year, from the Syracuse Press Club, that I won last year for best column. I am not questioning his writing ability, he is a good writer, but trust me he said what he wanted to say and it worked. It's what writers do.
 

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Winning an award from the Syracuse Press Club when there is only one newspaper in town. Is the Syracuse Press Club a Mutual Admiration Club. How about more investigative articles vs Click bait articles ?
 

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In this age of group think, virtue signaling, and and with the risk of being blackballed if your opinion does not align with the group think consensus in every way, I would be very hesitant to weigh in. That is the reality of the political discourse now, and people on both sides of the political aisle that allow for no free thinking have created this environment.
 

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Winning an award from the Syracuse Press Club when there is only one newspaper in town. Is the Syracuse Press Club a Mutual Admiration Club. How about more investigative articles vs Click bait articles ?
I think the Syracuse Press Club is a little more than that. I am pretty sure it takes in most of the state except for NYC. I know when I won, there was competition from all parts of the state. It takes in not only journalists, but radio and television.
 

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Where is Axe's story on Desko speaking up? Or some of the prominent white coaches/influences?

I also find it interesting that he did not promote the story on Twitter or he pulled it.
 

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Where is Axe's story on Desko speaking up? Or some of the prominent white coaches/influences?

I also find it interesting that he did not promote the story on Twitter or he pulled it.

How about Coach Q?
He’s been a fixture at Cuse for a lot longer than Dino.
Or does he not count because he coaches women? :rolleyes:
 

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Dear Orange Nation,

I am taken aback by Brent's headline... "AXE: Dear Dino, when you're ready, we're ready." R U Serious? Let me help this disconnected writer out.

Coach Babers has ALWAYS BEEN READY! He doesn't have to comment on George Floyd's death, because he OVERSTANDS and has lived this throughout his life. Do you think Coach Babers has bounced around the country (with his family) so many times to get a shot at being only one of 13 black coaches in D1 Football and NOT be able to relate? Brent he doesn't have to comment, because his life exemplifies the reality that a few people can't get pass color.

Coach Babers doesn't have to make a statement, because his life ( and the entire coaching staff at Syracuse) exemplifies inclusion, from their marriages, their personal relationships, even their closest friendships. When Coach Babers says "FAMILY" he REALLY means it. That's why he said..." they don't know the kumbaya meetings the team had." He NEVER has to say a word because he understands what it took and the sacrifices he made for him to get a head coaching job.

Coach Babers knows that "Black Lives Matter", which is why he gave Jaquan & Devon a second chance when they messed up as freshman with an indiscretion, but he also booted a couple of black kids whom he knew had to go because they were poison for the program he was building at Syracuse. Jaquan gave up...& Devon changed his life - and Devon is one hellova young man who keeps it real & he is forever grateful for Coach Babers giving him a chance.

Coach Babers doesn't have to say anything because he has the wisdom to know that this can be a distraction if its NOT handled right. You have no idea how many times Coach Babers had to bite his lip and hold his tongue throughout his career (although he was right); because he had the foresight for his current position where he could make a real impact. That's not a sign of weakness, because discretion is the greatest part of valor.

Coach Babers also understands that ALL LIVES MATER. Think about it - no college coach would hire someone with almost no experience and pour into his life until he becomes a head coach himself, but Coach Babers did it. That gentleman is the current Head Coach of Kent State. Coach Babers saw past color. Unlike most decision makers did with him; Coach Babers saw the man's character. Which speaks volumes to the depth of his virtue, because Coach Babers also knows that "ALL LIVES MATTER."

If you want to write a story to address racism and use someone else as a cat's paw; Write about the racism white coaches have against white skill players. Now that will make you a lightning rod in college football reporting Brent. I'm gonna throw you a bone. There was a kid - Adrian Zullo who ran a 10.49 100 meter laser time, but he had to go to UMass because he wasn't black. He was similar to SEAN RILEY but he wasn't black. Do you know how many great white skill players that are discriminated against by white coaches? You have no idea, because you're NOT current. That's how deep color affects the psyche of someone who has a racist mind set. In short, Stereotypes are real in the world of athletics...so lay off Coach Babers and blog away on the aforementioned topic and let's see if you get blackballed (pun intended).

Coach Babers doesn't have to say a word because, IF you're BLACK; you already know he knows and HAS experienced Racism firsthand. ANYONE who is a black male has - so Wait until HELL Freezes because Coach Babers and EVERYONE on his staff gets it. Please DO NOT disturb the Awesome foundation this staff is building, because its special, its inclusive, and THE ONLY COLOR SYRACUSE FOOTBALL TEAM SEES IS ORANGE - LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY.

LET ME REITERATE. "THE ONLY COLOR SYRACUSE FOOTBALL TEAM SEES IS ORANGE."

I salute the Board of Trustees, Football Boosters, and John Wildhack for taking your stand and letting your voice be heard by extending the Football Contract of the Most Integral, Genuine, and Authentic Orange Coach Syracuse will ever have in the person of Coach Dino Babers.

GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD BLESS OUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM & GO ORANGE!!!

Well said
 

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Thanks - but I consider myself a regular guy who was fortunate to be reared by my Father who is a great man and apply what he instilled in me. My Dad graduated from Dillard High in Ft. Lauderdale moved to New York to attend RCA Broadcasting School, and met Myer Lansky who mentored my Father (along with a few other guys whose names begin and end in vowel sounds). I was just very fortunate to learn certain codes of honor from my Father.

Meyer Lansky, wow.
 

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Where is Axe's story on Desko speaking up? Or some of the prominent white coaches/influences?

I also find it interesting that he did not promote the story on Twitter or he pulled it.
It’s still on twitter
 

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A really great post by Bear's dad. Visit here often friend.
 

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I think Dino will make a statement , I just don’t think he needs anyone in local media to bait him. He has always been a class act , I trust him to speak when appropriate. He very well may want to speak to all players beforehand.
 

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