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Coach's office or bully pulpit?

The Mike Leach and Mark Mangino cases raise issues about football and character

Originally Published: January 4, 2010
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Football is not a democracy.

At best, it's a kind of friendly fascism, an even-handed, one-vote dictatorship ruled by a benevolent despot we call a football coach. At its worst, football is lockdown authoritarianism, an airless, repressive, nickel-and-dime gulag of macho posturing, psychological cruelty, preening violence and thoughtless tyranny run by a tin-pot generalissimo with a whistle and a clipboard. And as many parents know, this can be just as true in grade school as ...

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