Webster's definition of SPORTSMANSHIP: Conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning and losing) becoming of one involved in sport.
Here is the bottom line in my opinion: The greatest gift of sports is building character and confidence in young men and women. There is nothing about SM's FB program that would move someone to describe them as respectful or gracious. Sorry Coach Price and Dr. McCullough, I forgot, it's football. There's no room for class, respect, graciousness or sportsmanship. You are teaching these young athlete-students to be leaders right??????????
The overall culture in SMMHS is out of control. It was obvious last year when Dr. McCullough called out Coach Price for in his words "covering up" for his players illegal behavior to ensure the success of the football program. And then, one day later, Dr. McCullough apologized for calling out his coach and I'm assuming Dr. McCullough probably got ripped from some of the big money FB and SMMHS boosters. They probably threatened his job status if he didn't change his tune.
This is the epitome of the "tail wagging the dog" as the big money boosters and the FB coaches are running the show on the mountain. To say there is a lack of institutional control is a major understatement. And the craziest thing to me is when you talk to residents of Signal Mountain, they really don't seem to grasp that their dream school has completely sold out for sports (especially Fball) glory. And as the incidents continue to mount and the reputation continues to build for SMMHS it is forging a new perception of the Signal Mountain community as a whole.
Eventually, a big dog, or a group of big dogs on the mountain is going to realize SMMHS can be an awesome school and also have class, character and display good sportsmanship. Whenever someone or some group decides to confront this train wreck of a culture head on- now that will be a "good scuffle."
Ok, I still am in disbelief over this hire.
Head Coaching Record: 14-55 Has McCallie ever hired a head football coach with a losing record, much less one that had a winning percentage below 25%.
Record in his last 2 seasons as a head coach: 2-18 (I do have to give McCallie credit for keeping this fact out of the press release)
Where he cut his teeth as a head coach: East Ridge, LFO and Lafayette (not exactly typical McCallie pedigree).
Last time he coached: The previous century- 1999. I guess that is the definition of "old school"
Name: Bubba (not to be ugly but you expect a coach at Lafayette or LFO to be named Bubba, but not at McCallie).
Again, if he had one of these negative factors against him it would be one thing, but this looks more like the resume of a head coach that would be hired somewhere like Chuckey Doak, not McCallie.
I feel confident Coach Simmons must be a great guy. I just can't see how McCallie's "national search" came up with an in house coach (in only one short week) that already met all of their criteria. Wow, hopefully for Baylor's sake, they have the same criteria for hiring all of their coaches.
Wow!! Let's do the math, 4-16 at LFO, 8-21 at East Ridge and 2-18 at Lafayette. His overall head coaching record is an impressive 14-55. So what is that, about a 25% winning percentage. On top of that, he hasn't coached in ELEVEN years (1999). I am completely perplexed on this hire.
Ensworth, MBA, Brentwood Academy, Baylor, etc. must be shaking in their boots.
"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." Vince Lombardi
Red and Black: The players of Signal Mountain should be commended and should be able to enjoy their fruits of their labor. Kudos to all of them.
This, however, doesn't mean that the Signal Mountain principal can't be called out for turning a blind eye to this unfortunate incident. You too, seem to want to have the "rose" or should I say "red colored" glasses on to state your belief that Coach Price and Dr. McCullough didn't know about this incident prior to the State Championship game.
Coach Price admitted at least one player called him immediately after the incident. This was over a week before the championship game. Don't you think Coach Price questioned him as to which other players were there? Don't you think this might be why Dr. McCullough was initially so mad and called this a cover up?
I think, in the end, Coach Price and Dr. McCullough protected these boys from any true discipline as it might have hampered their ability to bring home the big prize. But let's say it is true that they didn't find out about everything until after the game, like Dr. McCullough claimed (on Monday). Hogan Whitmire scored 16 points that next night in a basketball game. Wow, another teachable moment for the Signal Mountain administration and another lesson learned by their students and especially, their student-athletes. Those were some tough consequences (they must have handed out a couple of demerits to those involved) weren't they.
So don't pick on MissHarleyQuinn for "calling a spade a spade." Yes, I believe, like her, that Signal Mtn. H.S. had to sacrifice their integrity to ensure this championship. And I know it hurts that in what should be "the moment of glory" SMHS is the laughingstock of Chattanooga.
I am surprised that Mr. McCullough supposedly found out about this Nov. 26th incident involving at least 6 of his current students (and at least one or more being a star football player) the Monday (Dec. 6th, by the way) after the State Championship game.
In a small, tight knit community like Signal Mountain, I would think most people on the mountain would know about this incident by say, midday, Nov. 27th. Are we really supposed to believe that Mr. McCullough only heard about the citations and drinking incident on Monday morning, Dec. 6th (coincidentally, immediately following the State Championship game)? What principal is going to find out about this kind of alarming news and go hurry up and schedule an all school assembly and do interviews with the media before he even talks to Coach Price and others involved so he gets a handle on exactly what went down? Mr. McCullough is an experienced administrator and he seems like the kind of guy that would want to be prepared and know all of the facts before he addresses the entire student body and faculty about a serious issue or conducts interviews with the media.
In the end, I agree with Mr. McCullough, that this incident smells of a "cover-up." The problem for him, in my opinion, is that it seems hard to believe he is not right in the middle of it. I could be wrong, but I think this is a classic case of "the tail is wagging the dog."