EAGLES EXTRAS: MEAC fines Bethune-Cookman coach after NCCU game

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 06:07 AM
Judge for yourself whether Bethune-Cookman University football coach Brian Jenkins deserved the fine he received from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for what he said regarding the officiating during his team's 38-14 win over N.C. Central University at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 2.

I spoke with Jenkins immediately after the game, and -- if you can tolerate the marching band in the background -- that exchange is right here: http://johnmccann.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Jenkins-MEAC.mp3

The officials flagged Bethune-Cookman 24 times for 232 yards, which was more than the 137 yards of real estate that NCCU acquired on offense.

In the first quarter of that game, Jenkins was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

But what the refs didn't see was Jenkins taking a little time after the game for a one-on-one with an NCCU player. 

During the game, the NCCU player got into some jawing with a Bethune-Cookman player, Jenkins said.

But the Bethune-Cookman player was wrong in that situation, Jenkins said. The coach instructed the NCCU player to keep a cool head in times like that and not let another brother's bad character corrupt his.

“Our guy was totally not right, and therefore I went over to him and told him, 'Hey, our guy was not right; I will handle that,'" Jenkins said. “Regardless of competing on the field, we’re still coaches for all these young men, and I just strongly believe that.”

Jenkins was staying on message. Even before the season started, that guy was preaching about the critical need to positively shape young people, as you'll see here: http://johnmccann.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Walk-Off-Jenkins.mp4

And once the season got underway, Jenkins was still at it: http://johnmccann.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/airing-it-out-BRIAN-JENKINS.mp3

In other words, Jenkins is fine with a fine, but he's that individual who's going to stand his ground.