The more we hear about coaches and organizations paying players, the more desensitized we become. Over the past few years we have come to the conclusion that paying college athletes is extremely common practice. Whether it’s paying a player to attend your school or giving them a grand for having two sacks in a game, money flows around certain programs like a Las Vegas casino.
When we hear about this type of activity in a high school program, however, it is slightly more alarming. According to PhillyBlurbs.com via Fan Phooey Jason Bresnen, an assistant football coach at Morrisville High School in Pennsylvania, has been accused of placing a $100 bounty on an opposing player’s head. The allegations have caused the defensive coordinator to resign, although he insists he “never would tell a kid to deliberately hurt another player.”
The reports claim Bresnen told his team he would offer any player $100 to knock out New Hope-Solebury’s star player. Bresnen, on the other hand, claims he only said the following: ““I told them that if you continue to hit (the player) and gang tackle him, I’ll bet you $100 that we will wear him down.”
Yes, that does sound like something a coach might say. But unless someone has a personal vendetta against the D-coordinator it is highly unlikely anyone could confuse that statement with placing an actual bounty on someone’s head. Now we can only wonder whether or not the Hope-Solebury player fluffed it off Chris Rix style.