Hutson Mason - The Wrong Mentality, Buddy
Good morning, Dawg Fans!
Our crew had a great night in Nashville last night. If you ever get the chance, check out Blackstone Brewery - great micro-brews and great food!
Now, against my happy-go-lucky attitude, I felt like I needed to address an interview I read this morning with Hutson Mason with Seth Emerson from Macon.com.
Many of you know, I'm a quarterback guy. That's the position I coached, and it’s the position I am most familiar with. The thing I love most about being a QB-guy is that I understand the process it takes to go out and be successful. I understand the mental attitude you need to have in order to be a leader of men. You have to be the guy who suffers. You have to be the guy that everyone looks to for blame. You have to be the one, that when the game is on the line, you either will come out on top as a hero or you go down as the one who lost it.
The quarterback position is so tough because you have to put everyone else first. No matter the accolades you receiver - and there will be many if you are successful - you have to give credit to the guys who allowed you to get there. You basically have to be the total "TEAM" guy.
Now, this interview from this morning, titled - Hutson Mason on his future: 'I've just gotta do what's best for me,' REALLY pissed me off this morning. Now, I got to see Hutson play a few times at Lassiter and he is a good kid and a hell of a QB. Hell, if he had went to where he wanted for basketball, I would have ended up coaching him his last 2 years - however, I cannot imagine why he would say some of the stuff he said to the media, knowing his teammates - the guys he sweats and bleeds with every day - would read this. Here are a few questions from the interview:
"Q: It’s such, like you said in the spring a ‘sticky situation,’ he’s a sophomore you’re a sophomore, so it’s not like ‘I’ll get my time.’ So how would you like to see it handled eventually?
Mason: (Sighs.) Man, dude I don’t know. It’s kept me up a lot of nights, I mean a lot. It’s rough. I would probably have a lot of peace with it if I knew that 'Hey Aaron’s a junior or senior and hey my time will come.' But not getting redshirted and just knowing that me and him are the same year, and knowing that the pros don’t look as good next year (for Murray), that my time’s ticking. It’s just something that I’ve really been praying about real hard, trying to figure out God’s will for my life.
And its here, or if it’s somewhere else. I hope it’s here. I want to play here, and prove to myself that and to people that I can play in the SEC. This is the best conference, and I see on game day how live and how much energy there is. And I can’t imagine taking a step down for that. But I want to play real bad. Like I told everybody I didn’t come here to ride the pine. I don’t know. I’ve always said I’ll evaluate myself after every season, and that’s what I’ll do at the end of this year. I probably won’t be able to tell you till the end of the season.
Q: In closing, it just seems that you’re not angry with the situation, you’re just looking at it from a cold-blooded, kind of business standpoint.
Mason: Yeah, from a mature person’s standpoint I don’t think there’s anything I can be mad at right now. I’d probably be a little frustrated if I wasn’t getting my shot and Murray wasn’t playing well. But by no means is that it: Murray’s been playing very well and he’s been winning games for us. Even when we lost, he’s played good enough where we should’ve won. So from that perspective, like the old saying goes there’s some things that life throws at you that you just can’t handle. And it’s just one of those weird situations where I’ve just gotta figure out what’s best for me and how important it is for me to play.”
Hutson, buddy, this is not a cold-blooded business decision nor is it a decision from a mature person's standpoint. You don't talk to the press about these kinds of issues. You talk to your coaches, your family, and your teammates - not the press. Not me, not Seth, not anyone. All this does is take away from the focus of "TEAM" and puts the spotlight on you. You're one hell of a QB, and if you're good enough to play, you'll play. I just know the kid didn't mean to say what he said, but, if I was his coach, I'd say, "Son, you have a team full of guys who depend on you for stability. You can't hold this team or position hostage just because you haven't got the playing time you want. Now, I know you just want to play, but this is not how you go about it..."
I feel for the kid, I really do. I'm also sure I'm taking this out of context - or at least I hope I am. However, if this really is his mentality, maybe he is where he needs to be, because he is not ready to suffer and be a leader of men.