It was apparently too difficult for Morris Berger to go a full week at his new job without sharing his personal fantasies about Adolf Hitler. Berger was hired on January 20 as Grand Valley State University’s football offense coordinator. He leaned epically into the “offense” part of his new role when he was interviewed three days later by the Grand Valley Lanthorn, the Michigan university’s student newspaper. The student editor asked him the softball question of which historical figure he’d like to have dinner with, and Berger answered Hitler, as in Adolf, because it’s possible he doesn’t really want this job.
BERGER: This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler.
No, this definitely won’t get a good review. What the hell is wrong with this guy?
BERGER: It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none.
Berger also supposedly has a degree in history yet he’s bought into the myth that Hitler was some military and strategic genius. He was not. Obviously, Hitler’s leadership wasn’t second-to-none, because he very obviously had his ass handed to him. He ended his miserable life cowering in a bunker like the coward he was before sending himself on a one-way trip to hell.
Jason Crouthamel, an actual history professor at the university, called Berger’s comments “atrocious.” The university has suspended Berger. It’s currently “conducting a thorough investigation” into how it wound up hiring someone who crushes on Hitler.