Former Irish player, dad Mike Golic addresses Diddy situation


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

There's a right way to handle a dispute with one of your son's football coaches.

And then, there's the way Sean "Diddy" Combs handled it.

According to a report by Deadspin and TMZ, Combs swung a kettlebell at UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi on Monday after witnessing Alosi yell at his son, redshirt junior defensive back Justin Combs, during a lifting session. He was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Golic — a former Notre Dame player and father of Irish football players Mike Jr. and Jake (who transferred to Cincinnati — gave his take on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike," explaining how he dealt with disagreements with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

“For the most part, even in this situation, if you completely disagree, you handle it differently,” Golic said. “You don’t go storming into an office. You ask to see the coach — in this case, the strength coach — and sit down and have a conversation. I’m not going to say you don’t close the door and there might be some yelling that goes on, but it’s private. You should never know about it.

“I went in and talked to Coach Kelly in spring ball about my kids in practice, but there was no yelling. I went in privately with him. I asked to speak with him, we spoke privately for about 15, 20 minutes. We may have disagreed on the outcome, but that was it.

"It’s not like I went public with it. It’s not like I lost my mind with it. We had a difference of opinion, and that’s fine. He’s the coach. I understood that. There are ways to go about it."

And a kettlebell, for the record, shouldn't be involved.

South Bend Tribune/JAMES BROSHER Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike Golic speaks to the crowd as he emcees the Notre Dame pep rally on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at South Beach in Miami.