• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 14 comments on Women’s Basketball Coach Resigns from Boston University

  1. While I am pleased that BU took action to “investigate the alleged issue” rather than sweeping it under the rug, I deeply believe that BU should return the remaining scholarships to the women who gave them up to escape Greenberg’s emotional abuse. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate hard work and discipline, as well as shining characters, and should not be lost due to an emotionally abusive coach. The team recipients of Greenberg’s gross toxicity are young women, likely living away from family homes for the first time, beginning to negotiate their adult lives and build their educations, and NOT accustomed to dealing with this kind of person. (Other publications have reported more specifically how Greenberg treated the team members.) I hope BU will do right by Greenberg’s victims and re-award what remained of their individual scholarships.

    1. I won’t lie…it is hard to take what you say seriously when you cannot spell disgusted the right way and that is the name you go by…..

      And if what the players said was largely unsubstantiated…why should they get scholarships back??

    2. I think what we have here is a case of the Millenial mind set and value system, such as it is, in conflict with a historical and traditional method of getting people to perform. It is sad that the University couldn’t support their employee in her attempts to improve the resilence of their players all the while creating a world class Basketball program. If Coach was guilty of anything it was of having a weak recruiting strategy and program.

  2. it always comes down to the $$$$ – don’t even attempt to sugar-coat it.
    had she been “a favorite of donating alumni” or coaching an essential revenue-producing program it would have been squashed.

    1. Division I athletics are not easy, and it takes a specific mindset to play at that level. It takes a certain will and desire. Just because one believes that they can play at that level doesn’t mean they can handles the demands that come with it. I think everyone needs to step back and realize that coaches are out of jobs and players gave up the game. The issue is larger than Coach Greenberg and the women that made the allegations.
      It is ridiculous to think that this isn’t an issue in other colleges.

      1. Well said. People do not realize how much larger this issue ultimately is. People are out of job, lives changed. These girls made their “accusations” and went on their way. From what it seems like they’re enjoying this sabbatical of not being in school, as more than one has gone on vacation, and all are on social media continuing on with their lives. One accusation goes a very long way. These young adults are the ones who need to realize what their words can do to others, not Coach Greenberg.

  3. It also takes a specific mindset to coach at the Division 1 level. A certain will and desire to coach in a way that you win games without attacking the character of your players and abusing them, emotionally and medically. Just because she coached that way in the past, doesn’t mean she can handle the demands of a changing world where this behavior is not tolerated anywhere anymore. I don’t care that these coaches are out of a job, they were on the wrong side of this issue and chose to stay there.

  4. It absolutely goes on in other colleges. My student is suffering under the same type of “coaching strategy.” Are we saying that coaches can’t build a successful program without bullying and emotionally abusing their athletes? These students make their decision to attend a certain college based on the best information they have during recruitment. When they arrive and find the atmosphere toxic they have very few options. Transfer (but only with a coach sign off–effectively muzzling them), give up their sport/scholarship (a very sad option), speak up and try to fight within the system (a brave and difficult option). Tough coaching does NOT equal abuse and fear does NOT equal respect!

  5. CBF, your logic escapes me. These young ladies are on social media and going on with their lives? What is it you think they should do with their lives? No social media? Crawl under a rock somewhere and hide in shame?
    These young ladies made very difficult decisions to stand up against an abusive authority figure in their life and walked away from their education because they refused to be abused, they deserve credit for what they did.
    As for” one accusation goes a long way” that is absolutely incorrect. There were over half the girls that this coach recruited went to the school administration about this coaches abusive behavior, that’s not “one accusation” but closer to 20.
    As for the people out of jobs, they deserve to be out of jobs. They either were afraid to stand up to the head coach or sold their souls for a paycheck, either way they did not stand up for what is right and allowed themselves to be part of the problem and not part of the solution. When these young ladies talked with the panel and many of the accusations were unsubstantiated, that means the assistant coaches lied to protect their paychecks and allowed the former head coach to get away with abusive behavior.
    The panel and the school administration deserve credit for getting rid of this coach and most of her staff. I wonder if they will do something about the AD that allowed this to happen numerous times under his watch. He also gave the former head coach, raises and extra years to continue her reign of abusive behavior. They should get rid of him ASAP.

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