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John Fox: Hazing Coach

Add this to the resume of John Fox: bad judgment. Spartanburg Herald Journal made no mention of hazing problems and deaths in South Carolina.

The poor rookies didn’t even try to get away.

“Don’t fight it,” running back DeAngelo Williams said. “Don’t fight it.”

They gathered around a goal post and were wrapped up tight, tape stretching across their faces. Then buckets of Gatorade were dumped on them. When the hazing was done, it was a chore just to get out of that tangled mess. Defensive end Everette Brown, the team’s top draft pick, came out of his shorts before he came out of his tape.

“Why do we have to go through that?” defensive tackle Lonnie Harvey asked the coach, who stood there watching the whole thing.

“It’s tradition,” Fox said. “It will continue.”

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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