His reaction to seeing part of the Rice video: “Whoa.”
“Coaching by intimidation is not the best tactic,” Montgomery said Wednesday. “I was shocked. I’m surprised it’s taken this long to come to light. I found there was a time I was cussing more than I liked. Those are just words.
“That part of it, obviously, in today’s world, there’s no place for it. You really have to be careful. You have to know big brother’s watching and you have to know you’re on the (right) path.”
Louisville’s Rick Pitino, who has the Cardinals in the Final Four in his 28th season as a college head coach, echoed Calhoun in saying he had never seen anything like the Rice video.
“It was very difficult to watch that, very disappointed,” he said. “I hope Mike gets some issues taken care of.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Rick Adelman played in the NBA before starting his coaching career. Speaking recently about his coaching style, he said his experience as a player informed his decision not to yell much.
“I didn’t like to be coached like that,” he said. “I didn’t like the intimidation factor that coaches had.”
He understands that some coaches find yelling effective, and he gives his assistants a lot of leeway so players will hear different voices.
Players may not appreciate hollering at first, said Hall of Fame former Princeton coach Pete Carril. But if the criticism is constructive, it works.
“Some players might not like you right away with how demanding you can be of them and you don’t praise them for every little thing they do right,” Carril said. “But as the kid develops, he realizes what you are doing for him.”
AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis and AP Sports Writers Gary Graves in Louisville, Ky., Brett Martel in New Orleans and Janie McCauley in Berkeley, Calif., contributed to this report.