UMass head football coach Charley Molnar is coming under fire for some 2012 offseason conditioning
that is now surfacing as you'll see in the video below. There is a current petition to stop this kind of action that the coach calls "team-building exercises” and believes it will “instill mental toughness.” Molnar explained to the Daily Hampshire Gazette...
“We tried to get these guys to feel that fear, but go out there and do it anyway,” “We never had one guy not go out and box or wrestle. Some of them went out with a lot of trepidation, but by the end of the cycle were thoroughly enjoying the activity. We did all these activities with safety in mind. I’m a fanatic about player safety. I thought it aided in team-building. Guys faced the fear and fought through it. That was the objective.”
UMass player, QB Brandon Hill got hurt during the drills and was lost for his season...
“[Molnar] had me wrestling a linebacker in the snow,” Hill told the Gazette. “He put me down and I dislocated my shoulder and completely tore my labrum in half. That kind of bummed me out. I had to go get surgery after that.”