Coach Tries Knife Threats To Get Through To Players

Revolutionary motivational techniques from a prep school football assistant coach: practice harder or I'll cut you.

At a school in Lakeland, Fla., Christopher Campbell had apparently had it with his slacking players. So he brought a knife. He cursed at the team, warning them: "Don't try me today." I'll assume they didn't, because no one got stabbed. But then this happened:

Campbell of Lakeland pointed the knife in a threatening manner several times at one of the players, 16-year-old Otis Buford, "poking him and tapping him on the chest and on the helmet with it while also verbally threatening him," deputies said in a news release.

He's been charged with a pair of misdemeanors, though the school's A.D. says there's more to the story than what's been reported. But when a coach is tapping one of his players on the chest with a knife, those would have to be some pretty damn mitigating circumstances.

Lakeland Assistant Coach Arrested For Having Knife At Practice [Tampa Tribune]