The media have reported — as they should — on the crummy conduct of three University of Oregon football players who chanted “No means no” while celebrating the Ducks’ win over Florida State in the semifinal game of the college football playoffs.
The chant was aimed at FSU quarterback Jameis Winston’s alleged sexual assault a couple of years ago.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has said the players will be disciplined for their demonstration.
Now … what about the Seminoles’ conduct at the end of the game? Three-fourths of the team left the field before the final gun sounded to end the game, which ended with a 59-20 score in favor of the Ducks.
It’s customary for the coaches to meet at midfield, hug each other’s neck, shake hands and congratulate each other for a great game. The players do it, too.
It didn’t happen that way New Year’s Night in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks took congrats from a few FSU players. One of them was Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, who hugged the 2014 Heisman winner, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The two young men exchanged kind words.
Not a word — that I’ve heard, at least — has come from FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher about the conduct of his players.
Isn’t there a code of sportsmanship and decorum that’s supposed to be followed here? Has that code been lost on players who got walloped on the field, but who then haven’t learned how to take their defeat like grown men?
And what kind of leadership are they getting when their head coach doesn’t own up to his players’ disrespectful behavior?