Discipline not a staple in today's athlete'

Today's coaching landscape in both professional and collegiate athletics is far removed from the stereotypes of the years gone by.
   In today's business driven markets, the power of the head coach is all but gone, simply because money is too strong of an influence.
   Take for instance salaries, coaches rarely make one tenth of what the starting athletes make, so it's not a big secret who management will side with in the case of disputes.
   The main tool that coaches have used to maintain team unity and cohesion is discipline. The ability to reprimand or punish a player for stepping out of line or playing foolishly has been removed from most athletics.
   Now, when coaches attempt to discipline a player, it results in the management punishing the coach. That ability to control a team, is a coach's only authority. If that power is removed then the ability to coach and administrate over his or her team is destroyed.
   The last bastion of hope remains in high school athletics and community sponsored events. Although these too are involved in a good deal of politicking. This is the sad situation, because by doing this around the youngsters, these practices are portrayed as acceptable.
   How can a coach or assistant coach be expected to manage a club, with the outside influences of other interests bearing down on them.
   Lets look at a few examples. First and foremost Randy Moss, wide-out for Minnesota, has had some trouble this season.
   His big play ability and unimaginable ability to catch the long ball has made him a league phenomena over the past few years. However his horrible performance in other areas, such as possession receiving and blocking have severely hurt his team.
   His lackadaisical hustle and lack of enthusiasm is evident when his number is not called. However, he comes off the line strong and plays very well on pass plays and deep throws.
   Moss has one of the most lucrative contracts in the league, if his coach was to bench him or reprimand him for that type of play, odds are the team management would take up for Moss.
   When one player is allowed to get away with poor play, then the door is opened for other players to do the same. The entire situation has few prospects for improvement.
   To all the coaches that still discipline players, and try to maintain the values that keep our athletics strong, I salute you, and for those who would loose their jobs for doing what is needed I sympathize with you.
   However if coaching is to remain a position of prestige, politics must remain absent from that scene, and all parties involved should double their efforts to ensure that the best players play, regaurdless of other influences.