Ryan is in his third year coaching Houston, and we’re going to reminisce about how we met way back when, having a passionate argument about a chance to NCAA Qualification procedures.
It’s no surprise that pessimism and worrying comes naturally to human beings. We are the descendants of worriers. After all, while hope can play a critical role in survival, worrying that the worst will happen “unless” can mean living to see another day in many situations.
When a coach we like or admire is accused of actively hurting those in their charge, we must fight our reflexive thoughts. Do not rush to condemn their accusers. Have empathy for the fact that accusing is hard and scary.
Like any such decision, many of us would love to believe that such a decision was undertaken because of damning facts. Sustained media attention had revealed that USAG had systematically failed their athletes, and the top athletes in the sport have spoken out loudly about that.
When they finished, their faces were contorted with agony. Any swim coach knows- swimming hard hurts. Swimming fast hurts the most.
Maryland is the story of the moment, but this is not a Maryland problem. Nor was it a Michigan State problem when that was all anyone could talk about. Or a Penn State problem. Or even a football problem.