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Coaches more patient than fans?

September 28, 2012
dsp By SETH STASKEY - Buckeye Blitz (sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

When you're a head coach of major college football team, there are going to be times when your frustrations are just too much to hold back.

It's probably safe to say that one of those times arrived last Saturday for Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who is a Zanesville native.

After watching his Spartans sleep walk for most of the game before posting a 23-7 victory against Eastern Michigan, Dantonio was none too happy.

But, fullfilling his media requirements, Dantonio went to his press conference and had very little time for the Spartan Media.

As most coaching rants do in today's social media society, Dantonio's press conference last week has become a YouTube sensation. Basically, Dantonio answered every question with one word and then promptly and emphaticaly said, "next question."

All told, his post-game presser lasted about 5 minutes, which is about 15 minutes fewer than most press conferences.

Some 72 hours later, Dantonio returned to the podium for his weekly news conference and he had calmed down, but he was still frustrated not only with his players, but with the reaction of the fans.

"I was most upset with how we carried ourselves," Dantonio said. "I can't control that aspect of what's going on sometimes (in the crowd) and that happens everywhere. It's the society we live in right now."

Dantonio realizes he's paid a lot of money, his coaches are paid a lot of money and the fans pay a lot of money to watch the game, so they expect results immediately. It's that way on any major campus or for any professional team. Actually, it's started to trickle into the high school level, too.

"What I ask is if you're a Spartan fan thick and thin, there's been thin and there will be thin at times, but enjoy the experience," Dantonio said. "You're not making it better by booing. I can handle it. Our players will have to handle it because that's part of growing up. We have to use it as a tool to come out and get better."

While he's not been as forthright about it, Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer have been hearing some griping from the fans as the Buckeyes struggled to win their last three.

Remember, Meyer's mission statement is to "make the great state of Ohio proud."

There are still eight weeks left in the season and plenty of time to get the periods of struggling rectified, but it's easy to see some of the natives are becoming restless.

There are just no grace periods in major college or professonal sports anymore. Again, like Dantonio said, "it's the society we live in right now."

And that society is only getting worse by the day.

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