Earlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy revealed that he was scolded by his coaching staff for helping an opponent up during his team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. For those who know Greg Schiano, that is hardly a surprise. On Friday, Schiano tried to explain his stance.
“I don’t dislike if a guy helps him up, nor am I a proponent of helping a guy up,” he said, via The Tampa Tribune. “I worked for coach (Joe) Paterno (at Penn State) for six years and what I learned is, you help a guy up, you look him in the eye and say, ‘I’m coming back to get you again.’
“That’s just my personal belief.”
That doesn’t exactly make Schiano sound like less of an A-hole, but what do you expect? You would think it would be understood that you’re “coming back to get” an opponent after helping them up. I don’t think McCoy was inviting whoever he helped up over for dinner.
McCoy insists too much was made of his gripe and that he was “misquoted.”
“If you don’t believe me there’s audio you can go listen to,” McCoy said. “So, the (headline) that I got yelled at is nonsense. I didn’t like it. I don’t like it and, yes, I’m very upset. Quote that. Go write that.
“Yes, I’m very angry about being misquoted and saying that my coaches yelled at me. None of my coaches are bad guys and they’ve never done anything negative towards me. So, that’s nonsense for someone to go write that I got yelled at.”
Relax, Gerald. You’re not the reason everyone hates Schiano. He can take care of that all on his own.