Just wonder if anybody realized that Henry played his middle school ball at Signal Mountain. He is a great kid. Just like his brother Tim.
Others may complain, but you will never hear it from me. If your gonna win in life, WIN BIG, why settle for average, It's easy to be average.
Hey Dude, If the shoe fits.
I do support Coach Price's decision to play the starters until the end of the CCS Game. It was senior night and quite possibly many of these players last chance to play at our home field in front of their friends and families. Just two weeks ago, these kids had their hearts ripped out by the TSSAA. Through no fault of their own, their season was taken away from them. My son is a senior and will not be playing at the next level. He had family in town who will never see him play again. I suspect other senior's were having similar experiences. When he came off the field he could only comment "It's Over" as he shed the first tears I have ever seen him shed on a football field. He has played for Signal Mountain since 6th grade and has never been more proud of anything he has done. If it were two weeks ago, I would have had a different reaction. At that time, we were virtually assured of a playoff bearth with more home games so CCS would not have been our boy's last home game. I am confident that Coach Price would have used a different tactic as well. He would have been trying to protect our starters from injury while developing players who are not starters. We had several injured seniors who ONLY played that night because it was possibly their last home game ever. Most of these current seniors have been here since 9th grade and before and have been the cornerstone of this program. They have been at every practice since the program began. They have mad many physical and personal sacrifices to be part of the team. I know it may be ancient history for some of you folks, but try to put youselves in these kids shoes and if you played sports, think about how you felt the last game of your life. If you were competative at all, I bet you never wanted that game to end. Those boys at CCS will have or have had their own senior night and I hope they relish that night, But let our boys have their moment without being so critical.
Unfortunately, this is what America has become and this is just a small microcosm of the bigger picture. Signal Mountain is hated because we were to successful to quickly. Thats not fair when so many other schools and communities in the Chattanooga area have been wollowing in obscurity for so long. In todays Liberal America, if you are successful, you are the enemy and should be brought down to the lowest common denominator. No one should have more success than the other person. If they are, we should take some of that success away and give it to someone else. Redistribute the wealth. Sound Familiar. You can say we cheated or make up some other lame excuse for why we have achieved so much in such a short period of time, but it comes down to community support. Something I have seen very little of from opposing schools. I saw in another article that students enrolled at Sale Creek are being allowed to play soccer for Hixson. But students that are actually enrolled at Hixson may be forced to sit out due to having transferred. Does that sound logical. Students enrolled at a school may not be able to participate on their own sports teams, but students from another school can. Wouldn't this displace some of those kids from Hixson who may want a starting position or just some playing time. Something is wrong with this picture. Fuzzy Logic.
I'm just curious, if this young man had moved from California or North Dakota or you pick the State, where he had only played 1 game of high school football as a junior before having a season ending injury, and let's just say he went through spring practice before moving to Chattanooga, Would that be an issue? I think not. If not, then why is moving from Georgia under the same circumstances an issue. Last time I checked, Georgia was a different State. I understand the argument that he lived in Brainerd, that is a different issue entirely, but I don't think the fact that he played in a different state should disqualify him.
Just for arguments sake, let's just assume that after they had moved to Chattanooga (from California or state to be determined by you) his parent/guardian had found that a particular school had programs that fit that childs academic needs. During this trying economy and the availability of affordable housing in this schools neighborhood, they could not afford to move again so they applied for and recieved a hardship waiver from the County Education System to attend said school.
The young man wanted to try to play football again so the coaches applied to the appropriate State organization which approved his elgibility to play.
Would you not assume that approval from the appropriate County and State Agencies was enough to let him play?
The home address submitted was is no way falsified, there was no intent to mislead anyone as to where he lived. Is there no due diligence necessary from the State Agency that approved him in the first place. Shouldn't they be required to verify information before issuing approval. If they had done their job in the first place, this situation would never have occured.
With the online technology we have available today, there is no excuse for not knowing where he lived or what zone he lived in prior to approval. What ever happened to trust but verify. In my occupation, every application is underwritten for correctness and compliance. If it is not completed correctly, it is rejected.
You would think a governing body such as the TSSAA would employ similar practices.