Radio host Mike Francesa says it would be 'impossible' for a woman to coach a men's sports team

Sports radio host Mike Francesa on Wednesday argued with a caller that women aren’t qualified to coach men’s sports.

When a caller asked if Francesa believes he’ll see a woman coach a men’s sports team during his lifetime, Francesa answered bluntly, “No.”

“It’s a gender situation,” Francesa said. “They’re not players, they don’t have any way in the league.”

The caller countered that Geno Auriemma has coached the UConn women’s basketball team successfully, to which Francesa replied, “He’s coaching women.”

When the caller asked why people aren’t more outraged by that, Francesa seemed to argue women aren’t qualified to coach men’s sports because they haven’t played in men’s leagues and thus, don’t have experience.

“What would qualify her to be a coach on the professional level of a men’s team? … If you owned the team, would you take someone that has no experience and then make them the head coach of your team?”

He continued, “Do you know how difficult it would be on a female to have to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be? It wouldn’t be tough, it would be impossible! You’re gonna tell me that you would think a woman would walk into an NFL team and coach as a head coach 15 assistants and 50-60 men?

The caller asked if Francesa believes former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt would have been a good NBA coach.

“NBA? No,” Francesa said. “She would have said, ‘I don’t belong there.’ But she could not coach an NBA team, nor would she even wanna try.”

“You wanna see it because you think you’re closing off an avenue to your daughter, but that’s not closing off an avenue,” Francesa said. “That’s not something that’s realistic.”

Listen to the exchange below:

CBS NY did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Francesa’s remarks. 

Mike Francesa with an unfathomable display of sexism. Women shouldn’t be anywhere near men’s sports!

(Except for cheerleaders, presumably.)
— Funhouse (@SportsFunhouse) March 2, 2017

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