In a column that ran today in the Columbus Dispatch, the father of Ohio State star forward Jared Sullinger is quoted as saying that he believes some Big Ten Conference teams are being too rough with his 265-pound son.
Satch Sullinger doesn't specifically name the Badgers, but there was no doubt in the mind of the column's author, Rob Oller, that the elder Sullinger was talking about coach Bo Ryan and UW.
"Some of these bush-league coaches are beating on him just to make him lose his cool," Satch Sullinger said. "I have no problem as long as it's within the spirit of the game ... but during a recent game, everyone elbowed him in the back on purpose when they came through. The first time you see it, you can say it's an accident; the second time it's a pattern; third time, it's a program."
Jared Sullinger scored 24 points in Ohio State's 58-52 victory over UW a week ago at the Kohl Center.
Maybe Satch Sullinger and his son have a legitimate gripe, maybe they don't.
But did Satch Sullinger ever consider that whining to the media about teams being too physical with his son makes Jared Sullinger look kind of soft? When the younger Sullinger gets pushed around by NBA power forwards next season, is Satch Sullinger going to come running to his son's defense then, too?