The top story in college basketball today is one that is almost certain to open up an NCAA coaching opportunity in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And it’s extremely disgusting.
Brian Wardle, current head coach of the UW-Green Bay basketball team, has been under investigation for a couple of weeks after two former players came forward with accusations of bullying and verbal abuse earlier this month. It wasn’t until today, however, that things got really messy. Literally.
One of the accusers, former walk-on Ryan Bross, opened up to the Green Bay Post Gazette in an interview released this morning. The details include vulgar verbal attacks, holding Bross back academically, and one incident that is so bad, there is almost no way Wardle will coach the team next season, if true.
Bross said he told Wardle he wasn’t feeling well — he had the bubble guts — before a preseason conditioning drill in which the players sprinted up and down hills near campus. Wardle called Bross a (P-word) and told him to do his business in the woods. So, he did. When he returned, he insisted he was too sick to participate, but Wardle made him run anyway.
Bross said he ran one hill and then told the coaches he was unable to continue. Wardle made him run more. When he reached the bottom of the hill for a second time, the bowel movement was too much to hold in and Bross soiled his white shorts in front of his teammates and coaching staff.
“I got down to the bottom (of the hill), and Wardle told me I was a piece of s— and that he had never seen such a big p—- in his life and that I was the biggest piece of s— he had ever seen,” Bross said in the interview.
That was only the beginning of the humiliation.
An assistant coach then drove Bross back to the campus athletic center to get his dorm room keys without offering a change of clothes or a towel. Bross had to walk through the athletic center, in front of at least 20 of his peers and classmates, boys and girls, to get his keys so he could go back to his dorm to clean up and get changed. The mess was obvious on his white shorts, he says.
Wardle found humor in the incident and called Bross “a piece of a s—” for the rest of the season. He even bragged about it, proudly telling people he “literally ran the s— out of one player” and “we might need to try it again next year.”
There are plenty more tales of abuse in the Green Bay Post Gazelle’s interview with Bross, if you’re interested.
It’s so bad, even Mike Rice thinks the accusations are repulsive.
Anyone know a good college basketball coach who likes cold weather? I know a place that’s looking.