There is nothing normal about half a college basketball team winding up in ERs after a practice session. But that is what happened after a New Year’s Eve practice overseen by Concordia University head coach Steve Kollar.
Multiple media outlets report the intense session was in response to players having broken curfew during a late December trip to California where the team played twice. The River Forest school said it continues to look into those allegations. Meanwhile, Kollar has been temporarily removed as coach, though he remains an employee.
This is a moment when an institution tests itself. What do its Christian values represent? Is transparency, when something has gone badly wrong, real or an illusion? Are consequences for the adults allegedly involved genuine but less barbaric than what seems to have been dished out to students who may well have erred?
We will wait to hear more from Concordia.