Author Topic: WHy do college football coaches get state trooper protection  (Read 375 times)

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Offline LoveAngelos

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I have never understood why college football coaches always have two state troopers following them around. Who really need the protection are the referees.

Online bluestreak

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I have found that people use security to validate their egos and project importance. Not for actual protective purposes. And college football coaches have some of the biggest egos around.

You also see this phenomenon with low level politicians who carry security details. Security details just draw attention. For all but the most recognizable people, it may be less secure not to have one.

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Do all coaches use them?

Offline tomterp

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I have never understood why college football coaches always have two state troopers following them around. Who really need the protection are the referees.

For visiting coaches it seems a courtesy.  Think about going into Morgantown and having empty whiskey bottles whizzing past your head, it can be difficult to focus on that 3rd and 5 call if you don't have some sort of protective cocoon.   


Offline varoadking

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The Auburn football team stayed in my hotel in Greenville, SC last night.  The place was crawling with cops and private security.

Offline varoadking

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For visiting coaches it seems a courtesy.  Think about going into Morgantown and having empty whiskey bottles whizzing past your head, it can be difficult to focus on that 3rd and 5 call if you don't have some sort of protective cocoon.

But they bring Troopers from their home state...

Offline mitlen

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But they bring Troopers from their home state...


A lot of the coaches are the highest paid state "official".    Gotta protect the investment.    IIRC  Bear Bryant had AL troopers with him at all games.

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For visiting coaches it seems a courtesy.  Think about going into Morgantown and having empty whiskey bottles whizzing past your head, it can be difficult to focus on that 3rd and 5 call if you don't have some sort of protective cocoon.   



Ask Rich Rodriquez about that Morgantown crowd.

Offline varoadking

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A lot of the coaches are the highest paid state "official".    Gotta protect the investment.    IIRC  Bear Bryant had AL troopers with him at all games.

Agreed...was mostly responding to the "courtesy" angle...they bring their own Troopers...

Online HalfSmokes

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A lot of the coaches are the highest paid state "official".    Gotta protect the investment.    IIRC  Bear Bryant had AL troopers with him at all games.


Alabama has position coaches making more than the school president, they really need a whole bunch more troopers

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Agreed...was mostly responding to the "courtesy" angle...they bring their own Troopers...

Ok, I guess I haven't paid close attention to that nuance of the game.   I wonder if they get deputized for a day?    :P

Offline varoadking

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Ok, I guess I haven't paid close attention to that nuance of the game.   I wonder if they get deputized for a day?    :P

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Offline Count Walewski

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I think the troopers with the ranger hats escorting coaches after the game for the handshake is one of the iconic images of college football, and I hope they keep those troopers even if they no longer serve any actual protective purpose.

Also, DC teams in multiple sports share a division with Philadelphia and DC fans are asking why coaches might sometimes need police protection?

Offline LoveAngelos

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Now I know.
In the future Starship Troopers will protect  head coaches