Typically after a game a coach will give their team a speech. They may recap the game they just played or talk about an upcoming opponent. One thing that doesn’t happen often is the other team’s coach coming into the locker room and delivering a postgame speech.
Would you like it if the coach of the team that just beat you came into your locker room and delivered a postgame speech? Share your thoughts in the poll below.
On December 19, the University of Missouri men’s basketball team played a tough game against Stephen F. Austin State University. Missouri won 82–81, despite one of their players missing two free throws with only 2.7 seconds left in the game.
It was a tough game, so tough that Missouri’s coach felt compelled to give a speech to the opponent.
It was a tough loss in Columbia, but Mizzou head coach @CuonzoMartin did something he had never done in his coaching career – enter an opponents locker room. @MizzouHoops, you’ve got the epitome of class leading you. Maybe we’ll see you in March. #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/86IOt2m9D9
— SFA Basketball (@SFA_MBB) December 20, 2017
Martin, who has been coaching for 18 years, said he never visited another team’s locker room after a game before, but he was so impressed with SFA’s performance that he had to say something.
“One thing I always tell our players, guys, is it doesn’t matter [what’s on] the front of the jersey,” he said to the group of SFA players. “You all got just as much talent as we’ve got man.”
The players listened closely as Martin gave them some words of encouragement.
Martin assured his team’s opponents that he was not giving them a postgame speech to make them feel better; he was talking to them because he knew how hard they played and he respected them for that.
At one point he commended SFA for their defense and said he planned on calling their coach so he could learn from him.
Both coaches showed respect for the other.
“I respect him for what he had to say and I respect him for who he is as a man and as coach and I appreciate what he did,” SFA’s coach, Kyle Keller, told SBNation.
Many were impressed by Martin’s actions, while others questioned his intentions. What are your thoughts?