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It's Hard Out There For A Coach's Husband

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We never imagined that life as the husband of a successful women's college basketball coach could be so stressful, but, you know, the ones that aren't relaxing by sleeping with their players could potentially make life tough on the guys.

But it probably shouldn't bring one to this level of frustration.

A Michigan State University professor whose wife coaches the women's basketball team was arrested on an assault charge after he emptied a trash bin, swung it at an officer and bit him on the finger at a Florida airport. John Douglas McCallie, a 56-year-old associate professor of economics, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, both felonies.

McCallie landed at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Wednesday with his wife, Spartans women's coach Joanne McCallie. According to a police report obtained by the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, the incident took place after one of the couple's bags did not arrive in the baggage claim. Airline officials told the couple they needed baggage claim stubs to find the lost luggage. McCallie then reportedly went to a trash can where he had thrown out the stubs.

"McCallie started dumping out the trash looking for the tag," said Bob Mattingly, the airport's vice president of operations and maintenance. "One of the police officers approached him and said, 'What are you doing' and 'please clean it up.' "Then the man just flipped out." Police said McCallie refused to clean up the mess, began yelling obscenities and swinging the trash can at the officer. When the officer attempted to handcuff him, McCallie slapped his hand away. The two began to struggle and ended up on the ground, where the professor bit the officer's finger when he tried to grab his wrist.


We think that if Bob Knight's wife could avoid a meltdown like this, the least this guy could have done would have not swung the trash can. That's just excessive.

MSU Professor — Husband Of Coach — Accused Of Biting Cop [Detroit Free Press]

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