Give Aragorn a brown suit, and he’d be the BCG who made his family run the stairs
The recent stories from Billy Gillispie’s short tenure at Texas Tech are both horrific and unsurprising. Even for Billy, these accusations of causing severe bodily injury to players without a second though and of causing players to eat $1,000 place tickets for fear of losing their scholarship are over the top. Some of the anecdotes were hilarious (making media members run the stairs?), but mostly, this seems to be the case of a sad coward of a man on a power-trip.
Which makes one wonder: how does such a bully find success and come into high-level jobs? Unfortunately, there seems to be a historical trend of ill-meaning bullies gaining power. See for yourself…
A History of Violence: Bullying through the ages, Clyde-style.
– Caligula (Roman Emporer, 37 AD- 41 AD) – Going by the nickname “Little Boots” (rumor has it that the college girls in lexington had a different ‘little’ nickname for BCG), Caligula ruled for only a short period. During this time, he committed terrible acts against his people, including quickly killing anyone who insulted or mocked him. He even came down with an illness many blame on his extravagant indulgences in food, wine, and sex. Hmm, that sounds familiar…
– Atilla the Hun (Head Hun, 434-453) – With small eyes and tan skin like Clyde’s, Atilla conquered lands using harsh force. Despite being feared, he could not, however take Constantinople and truly accomplish dominance, just as BCG had success at a marginal level but never got near the promised land. His own arrogance left his armies exhausted by the time they reached the necessary final battles.
– Genghis Khan (raging Mongol, 1206-1227) – Known for spreading his seed amongst many females across the many areas he ruled, Genghis fell off his horse like a drunken baffoon (okay, he probably fell from battle wounds and exhaustion), and eventually died. Some say there was a “strong fruity smell” coming from his person when he finally met his demise.
– Napoleon Bonaparte (midget French ruler, 1804-1815) – Few know this, but former walk-on Dusty Mills modeled his whole life-philosophy after Napoleon’s. One can see why Clyde took a liking to Dusty at first, but he quickly turned on him just as many turned on Bonaparte. And like Napoleon, BCG got locked up for his actions once by getting fired at Kentucky, only to turn around and commit the same actions later and seal his fate.
– Mike Ditka (Chicago Bears coach, 1982-1992) – Some bullies don’t need to kill people to find power — they just need to win a few sport-ball games and convince rich people they are good for business. Enter Mike Ditka. *angry yelling ensues*
– Bobby Knight (IU basketball coach 1971-2000, professional asshole 1940-present) – The General is the epitome of the coach-bully who becomes idolized by some and despised by others. While there was a time I respected the man for his coaching, it has become clear that he is a bitter bully.
Looking back through history shows us that bullies like Billy Gillispie have been able to rise to power through sheer force (read: winning) and convincing those who control their fate that they need to be kept around. Some folks have been willing to overlook their bullying tactics, but in the end, it seems those ugly actions always rear their head and cause the bully’s destruction.
I once felt bad for BCG, but he’s proven that he isn’t a good human being. Hopefully other coaches, or their bosses, with the same problem see the writing on the wall and save these kids from being subjective to this all in the name of a game.