Posted: 2:07 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
It really hasn’t taken long for coaches to realize that a) All Players United is potentially a challenge to their power and b) decide on a strategy to deal with it.
Maryland’s Randy Edsall has taken exactly the same tack as Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson:
“I don’t have any opinion on it one way or the other. I did read about that, but again if our players had anything in regards to that, they’d come in and sit down and talk about it. If players are going to be involved in, really everybody should be involved.
“If everybody supports it, then fine. If it’s a few individuals, I don’t think that’s, in my opinion, that’s the team concept. Either everybody’s in or you don’t support that. Again, it’s great players have that ability to express their opinions for what they might believe in.”
What he didn’t make clear was just who the players would sit down with. If APU thinks coaches are going to welcome a challenge to their authority, they have another think coming. Consulting with the team means consulting with the bosses. The labor analogy isn’t quite right because people aren’t used to thinking of it as a management-worker type issue. But when the coaches can squelch this stuff, which means they are managing things.