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Terrance West and Rob Ambrose at the Center of Crazy Week Off Field

October 24, 2012

Wow, everyone just take a deep breath.  Everyone just relax.  Everything is going to be just fine.

Towson University was taken for a wild ride this week, courtesy of the football team.  Forgive me my lateness but between the devastating loss to Old Dominion and all of this news breaking, my head went for a spin trying to process it all.

I will leave the game analysis for another post.  Let us focus on the crazy tabloid news that engulfed us all the past few days.

Following the loss to Old Dominion Saturday night, running back Terrance West (who was held out of the game due to a death in the family) sent out a tweet that read:

“It’s been good Towson !!!!!”

The tweet made the rumor winds begin to blow.  People were saying the star running back was packing his bags and leaving Towson for a bigger program.  Others were speculating that he was being suspended or kicked off the squad.

West appeared to be slightly disgruntled.  The Towerlight reported that towards the end of the game West removed his helmet, put on a Towson hat, and did not stand near the offensive huddles during timeouts.

He sent out another tweet following the game that expressed his feeling that he would have liked to have dedicated the game to his Grandmother who had just passed away.

I cannot begin to tell you the massive amount of texts I received from friends asking if I had heard the news or just plainly telling me about it.

But the flames have been doused by Head Coach Rob Ambrose.

Ambrose told The Towerlight that he had not heard any mention of West leaving.

The tweet has since been removed.

From one controversy to the other, Rob Ambrose was in the headlines after allegations from a former player surfaced claiming that Ambrose was offensive to players and lied to his superiors and the NCAA about the hours he made the team practice.

Trevor Walker, who was dismissed by the Tigers earlier this year, wrote a letter claiming the infractions and verbal abuse by the coach.

Athletic Director Mike Waddell said this about the allegations in an e-mail to The Baltimore Sun:

“No improprieties regarding practice times were found and no findings indicated that the physical well-being of football student-athletes was placed in jeopardy.  As a matter of departmental protocol, the language that was reportedly used between the coaches and student-athletes would not be in line with the core values of Towson University and Towson Athletics. This is being addressed with all parties involved, coaches, staff and student-athletes.” (from Baltimore Sun)

While this seems to cover Ambrose on the allegations of NCAA violations, it puts him out there for his apparent rhetoric with players.

Walker described a scene that played out prior to Towson’s homecoming game against St. Francis:

“I do not care what your religion is, I do not care if I offend anyone. But even if Jesus and his disciples come in here on Saturday, we are going to [expletive] them up and get them the [expletive] out of here.”  (taken from Baltimore Sun article)

While this is without a question a little harsh.  I personally believe coaches have every right to get “intense” when trying to pump up their players.

Do I think he may have crossed a line a little bit, sure, but if I was on a team and my coach was throwing profanities around, it wouldn’t do anything but get me more pumped up.

Being a former hockey player, I have had multiple coaches use profane language throughout games, it never bothered me, if anything it got the message across.

While a slight slap on the wrist could be coming from the administration, I do not think we have anything serious happening to our beloved ball coach.


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