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Schiano OK with rookie initiations that don’t “cross the line”


Count Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano as one who thinks there’s some middle ground between harmless rookie initiations and unfair hazing.

According to the Tampa Tribune, Schiano said he’s OK with veteran players carrying out rookie initiation rituals, but he insists that rookies be treated with respect.

My thing is you don’t cross the line,” Schiano said. “That’s a man, you’re a man; so let’s make sure we don’t cross the line. I don’t get into, don’t do this, do this, don’t do this. When you start having a thousand different things, you run out of time before you can define all of them. So, I think the Golden Rule is one that you live by. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and I think our guys have been good about that.”

So what constitutes a rookie initiation that doesn’t cross the line? Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon says he was told to sing in front of the team in training camp.

“I sang ‘Build Me Up Buttercup,'” said Glennon, who is apparently a fan of There’s Something About Mary. “It was just me, no one else, and that was a song that I thought everyone would know and would sing along with. When people started clapping and singing along, I figured that was a good sign.”

Glennon described it as “pure and innocent,” an indication that while there may be many problems in the Bucs’ locker room, rookie hazing is not one of them.

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10 Responses to “Schiano OK with rookie initiations that don’t “cross the line””
  1. robgilman says: Nov 7, 2013 11:12 AM

    Glad we cleared this up

  2. thegrigga49 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:17 AM

    It doesn’t matter how he feels about it, with the talent and money shelled out over the last two offseasons, it’s amazing he is still employed.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    Also… schiano is O.K. with leaking players private medical information.

  4. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    Bucs rookie hazing should involve bringing bleach in instead of donuts.

  5. negativten says: Nov 7, 2013 11:22 AM

    21-0 lead in the 2nd, lose in OT to put you at 0-9.
    BAM!!Gotcha!!you rookie Schiano

  6. AParsons says: Nov 7, 2013 11:24 AM

    Schiano? Do they still have a team in Tampa?

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Please talk more about where the line is and define it more completely, pleeeasse!!

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    68 wins – 67 losses at Rutgers

    28 wins – 48 losses in conference games

  9. charger383 says: Nov 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    main problem seems to be other teams bullying them on Sunday afternoon

  10. romoscollarbone says: Nov 7, 2013 3:23 PM

    I hope we all realize. That rookies singing to the team during training camp isn’t hazing.

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