FCS Head Coach Bans Cursing During Practice

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Towson head coach Pete Shinnick won’t tolerate curse words being slung around during practice.

The Tigers hired Shinnick this past offseason to replace Rob Ambrose after more than a decade with the program. Whenever there’s a new sheriff in town, there’s always an adjustment period and some new rules. That’s pretty standard. However, Shinnick is really taking things a bit further than normal with his approach.

He won’t tolerate his players swearing.

Towson coach Pete Shinnick bans cursing during practice. (Credit: Getty Images)

“Number one, I want a family atmosphere. And we want to have kids out here, different age groups come out and just be able to enjoy the process and make it work. Number two, I think if you can discipline your tongue, you can discipline any aspect of your body,” Shinnick explained to WBAL-TV.

Is this a hardo move from Towson coach Pete Shinnick?

Of all the things to be concerned about within a college football program, players cursing shouldn’t be near the top of the list.

It shouldn’t even crack the top 100. Towson’s last great football season came in 2013 when the Tigers went 13-3 and lost in the national title game.

Since then, the program has been stuck in a constant state of mediocrity.

The Towson Tigers are hoping Pete Shinnick can improve the football program. One of his early steps was to ban cursing during practice. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Football is a passionate sport. Players are going to sometimes have a fire in their bellies. When you’re fired up, some f-bombs and other inappropriate words might fly.

Welcome to adulthood. It happens. That energy and aggression shouldn’t be neutered. It should be encouraged and controlled.

Good luck finding a winning coach throughout college football history who didn’t cut it loose with his mouth from time to time. Mike Leach, an absolute legend in every sense of the word, dropped f-bombs like they were going out of style.

Shinnick can start worrying about the language used in practice when Towson starts winning a bunch of games. Until then, he needs to unleash the beast and let the Tigers get after it.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Bravo, Coach Shinnick. There are plenty of ways to “get after it” without a loose tongue.
    And plenty of ways to use “energy and aggression” without foul language.
    Society needs more leadership like this.
    Ride a public bus or shop in a supermarket, and you may hear nasty language from the radio or the people nearby.
    Pete Shinnick clearly has a vision and this small, simple rule can be a great start toward cleaner, more wholesome surroundings for all of us.

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