DM – A high school football coach has been suspended after he was caught on tape smacking the helmet of a student player. Mark Guandolo, who coaches the team at Cypress Bay High School in Miami, Florida, was seen hitting quarterback Lucas Tellefsen during a televised Sunday night game. Cypress Bay High played American Heritage from Plantation in a game that was broadcast on ESPN’s High School Football Kickoff. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube following the game but has since been removed. School officials investigated the incident and met with the coach, the player and his family, according to the Miami Herald. Mr Guandolo told the Herald that he was ‘just trying to fire him up, but you can’t do it in today’s day and age’. The coach was upset over the incident, the school’s athletic director revealed, along with the boy’s parents who felt the whole thing had been blown out of proportion.
Even the PARENTS think this is being blown out of proportion and are powerless to stop the raging media bonfire/circlejerk over anything halfway controversial. Suspended…for THIS? This light tap on the side of the helmet? It’s like people have never seen a football movie before. It’s like they’ve never seen inspiration before. This is how you help your quarterback get his head in the game after a bad throw. Did you people even see that throw? It was terrible. Terrible. Had the tight end down the seam for a sure touchdown and pissed it away. This is Florida football, son. Florida teams are too good to put up with throws like that.
Besides, if this light helmet slap behavior is the type of thing that gets coaches suspended, it’s looking more and more like I’ll never get to check “grab a kid by his facemask while yelling an inspirational speech at him” off my bucket list. Pussification has ruined my life.