something to be used for good hill training, the boys respect as someone
else’s labor. As a result of this, Coach White spends a day out in the
field with the boys picking, trying to empathize with their daily work
experience. He learns a lot in terms of respect for what the people of
McFarland, California do and their way of life.
Coach Carter learns a lot from the players on his team in terms
of their capabilities. In the beginning of the movie when one troubled
player, Timo Cruz (Rick Gonzalez), wants to be back on the team,
Coach Carter tasks him with completing 1,000 suicides and 2,500
pushups by the end of the week. Cruz comes up short on that goal, so
Coach Carter is completely prepared to deny him access to the team.
To Coach Carter’s surprise, the team steps up in a big way to help Cruz
complete his goal and, as a result, teach Coach Carter a great deal about
working together as one unit.
Finally, Coach Boone learns a great lesson from one of his
players, Julius Campbell (Wood Harris), during halftime of the
championship game. Coach Boone is giving a motivational speech in
which he tells the players to do their best because that is all anyone can
ask of them. Julius interrupts, saying this is, in fact, incorrect as they
have trained because Coach has demanded perfection. Julius goes on to
say, “This team has won every game until now” and that they walked
out on that field perfect so that is how they want to leave it. Coach
Boone stands there, impressed, learning that the players now expect
more of themselves and so too should the coaches.
Conflict With Administration
Coach Carter, in my opinion, experiences the greatest conflict
with administration of the films considered here, and the tension
persists throughout majority of the movie. The principal of Richmond,
Principal Garrison (Denise Dowse), and Coach Carter disagree on a lot.
Principal Garrison operates on the mentality of just passing students
through Richmond High, not challenging them, and not expecting
much of them. This completely conflicts with Coach Carter’s view that
college is attainable and students should be more than just another
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