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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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