Who knew SEC Softball was turning into WWE wrestling. Florida and Auburn are 2 of the best programs nationally in softball with multiple meetings in the NCAA Tournament over the last few years (I looked it up), so there is likely some bad blood there. It seemed to boil over a little bit on Monday with the “shoving match” above between Auburn player Somebody Somebody and Florida Head Coach Tim Whoever.
A background note: The Auburn player had 2 sisters who played at Florida and were both kicked off the team for an “altercation”. So it’s safe to say there is a little history there. But here are my thoughts:
- The Auburn player was not shaking hands in the line, which shows her character right there.
- The Florida coach does touch her shoulder but certainly not what I would call a push. Now, should he have touched her at all? It’s hard to say. He might have just been patting her on the shoulder and he might have actually been annoyed and touched her shoulder because of that.
- Nonetheless, the Auburn player’s reaction was absolutely a push. Again, showing her character.
- The Florida coach showed serious restraint in obviously not pushing back but seemingly responding in a calm manner.
Considering the history between this player’s sister and an “altercation”, which we obviously know means fight of some kind, and then her poor sportsmanship and shove in the back, I tend to side with the Florida coach on this one. Nonetheless, SEC softball is getting feisty and might be worth watching when these 2 teams square off again.