May 03, 2007

Ryan Glasper Sacked by Tom O'Brien: "I'm redshirting," Glasper said. "No, you've been cleared by the doctor to play," O'Brien said. "You're choosing not to play." Glasper was shocked into silence. But O'Brien continued. "I hold the keys to what you do," the coach said. "We don't have to grant you a fifth year. Besides, I can't count on you." [via BSMW who has some more links]

posted by yerfatma to football at 12:25 PM - 8 comments

The coach was a big jerk, but, despite all he has been through, Glasper got his degree. Whether or not he plays in the NFL, it sounds like a success story to me.

posted by bperk at 01:50 PM on May 03, 2007

If this is true, and he knowingly put a player who wasn't healthy in the game he should be suspended for a year. This would prevent coaches from doing this sort of thing. Glasper could have permanently injured himself as a result.

posted by bry66 at 06:40 PM on May 03, 2007

A success story? If it was your son, you wouldn't be saying that. You would be calling for the coaches head. Success isn't getting a degree at the risk of a permanent injury. What message does this send if it is true and the coach goes unpunished?

posted by bry66 at 06:42 PM on May 03, 2007

I do think it sounds like regardless of whether he makes the NFL, football has been good for the kid. He went from troubled kid to someone with a college degree, a good GPA and a better attitude.

posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on May 03, 2007

"Looking back I think he already knew he was going somewhere else," Glasper says. That says a lot about O'Brien's integrity. A coach willing to risk a players' health for his own personal gain is selfish. I would have liked to hear O'Brien's side of this story, just to get both sides. Right now I just think he's a dick.

posted by wingnut4life at 12:39 AM on May 04, 2007

As a BC alum, former broadcaster, and huge all around fan, I was already ectatic to see this stiff of a coach leave. This story only makes me happier that he's gone. However, I feel awful for Mr. Glasper - the article is accurate, in that this kid brought his entire heart to every game he played. You could definitely see the effort from the stands. He had a ton of intensity. I certainly hope that he lands somewhere great, and makes a decent amount of money. He deserves it. Good riddance TOB. Oh, and apparently, ESPN buried this story when it occurred, due to TOB's daughter working for ESPN. Pathetic, if true (but not surprising re: ESPN).

posted by BCHockey at 08:29 AM on May 04, 2007

Oh, and apparently, ESPN buried this story when it occurred, due to TOB's daughter working for ESPN Over on is a article about this story and it states that, "ESPNís Alan Grant wrote the most detailed piece to date" about what happened to Ryan Glasper during his senior year at BCU. So I wouldn't necessarily agree with saying that "ESPN buried this story." Good stuff for your 1st comment though BCHockey, let me be the first to welcome you to Sports Filter.

posted by BornIcon at 09:23 AM on May 04, 2007

True, BornIcon . . . but the story is several months too late. I would assume that if ESPN or some one else broke it during college football season, it would have received way more attention. I just hope that Glasper finds some success in the end . . . I was already happy that TOB left prior to hearing about this story.

posted by BCHockey at 08:36 AM on May 07, 2007

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