Over the weekend my co-hort in crime at Makeitrainsports.com, Acey Roberts wrote a piece entitled, Mississippi State’s Coach Rick Ray Loses His Temper with Ole Miss Marshall Henderson after Tough Road Loss.
First, a little disclaimer – Make it Rain Sports is not a newspaper but more “sports entertainment.” While we all get along and sometimes agree to disagree, we are not shy to share our opinion or even sometimes border the lines of “homer” if we have a point to be made. Some people like it, some don’t, and that’s fine.
If everyone liked the same thing, the world would be out of fried chicken and catfish. Now back to the topic at hand which is Ray, Henderson and the state of Mississippi College Basketball.
Obviously by now everyone has seen, read and heard about Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray’s obscenity towards Ole Miss’s Marshall Henderson. Rick Ray issued an official apology and while I certainly do not condone Ray’s actions, I tend to take the Chris Rock motto when looking at this incident. “I’m not saying he shoulda’ did it but, I understand.”
If you take a look back at the initial clip in Roberts’ article and the gif that is going around, it’s obvious Henderson is mouthing something as he glances over to the Mississippi State bench. Obviously, Ray and others just want this to go away, and it will, but it is coming out now, by those that were close to courtside, Henderson uttered a phrase with obscenities that told Ray to, “get his Goons off his court.”
Let’s remember Ray doesn’t have a past like Bob Knight or any other hot headed coach. Ray is normally a very mellow guy and just tells it like it is. And, let’s remember who Ray got into it with. Yea that guy, Marshall Henderson. You know the guy right?
The same guy that’s famous for this.
Or the guy who flipped off the entire Lasalle fan base last year.
Or the same Henderson that got after the entire Florida fan base.
Henderson is far from a choir boy, so to think that he may have said something outlandish to set Ray off, is not far fetched.
Again, I am not taking up for Ray, but I understand. This is another situation that honestly got blown way out of proportion.
Since the social media boom, we’ve seen several instances of this type of confrontation between a coach and player or a coach and rabid fan. This is something that has always happened but it is magnified more now, than 10-years ago due to fan access.
On February 1, 2011, ESPN released an article titled, The Case Against Cursing Coaches and while an interesting read, this is not anything new to anyone that has ever been around sports culture.
Society has become so soft and offended by damn near everything now days, that anything like this shocks dang near everyone and honestly it’s been going on forever.
Again, I’m not saying he shoulda done it – but I understand.
Another issue I have to take Roberts to task with is his quote saying, “Ole Miss and Mississippi State is the SEC’s most played basketball rivalry. Both programs rarely have major success in basketball, the biggest item up for grabs when they play is pride.”
The first part is accurate – the second part is one of those items I referenced earlier bordering on “homer status. “
While Ole Miss’s basketball success is limited to just one sweet-16, seven NCAA tournament appearances and two conference tournament championships, some could argue they are most remembered for being a CBS sports highlight whipping boy for Bryce Drew and Valparaiso. Or, maybe Andy Kennedy’s “international incident,” or maybe just “White Girl Wednesday.”
Conversely, State has a Final Four appearance, an elite eight stop, three sweet-16 appearances, 10-NCAA tournament appearances, four conference tournament championships and 10-SEC regular season championships.
Today, Ole Miss is a better program but, to say that BOTH have rarely had major success is laughable; just as it’s laughable that some are actually shocked a coach fired back at Marshall Henderson.
It’s not the first and it won’t be the last. He’s Marshall Henderson. He brings out the worst in everyone.