Basketball Hall of Famer and CBS commentator Charles Barkley went Beast Mode on sports journalists who wet their pants about Michigan State coach Tom Izzo yelling at one of his players. During Thursday’s game against 15-seed Bradley University, Izzo elucidated the importance of hustling back on defense to freshman guard Aaron Henry, employing a direct form of communication to educate his inexperienced pupil about what it takes to win in the NCAA tournament. Barkley used his unparalleled authority on basketball culture to calmly explain to the "jackasses" in the media that actions such as this are precisely why Izzo succeeds.
"I was so disappointed to hear all these jackasses on other networks complaining about a coach actually coaching his team," Barkley said. "It’s all right for a coach to yell at a player. When did we get to the point where every time a coach yells at a player it becomes a national emergency?"