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sportygirl04 said...

I love high school football but it's times like this that put a sour taste in my mouth. First of all, let me just say that I do not believe that Coach Price had anything to do with this. I personally know Coach and I do not think for one moment that he would jepordize the future of the boys let alone the opportunity for the seniors to play their entire last year for just a couple wins. Regardless of what you hear, Coach Price considers each of those players family. Second, I just want to address some of the negative talk on these boards. Have we forgotten these are just high school kids playing a sport they love? The players on that team have no control over what happens in the paperwork. You may think that Signal got what they deserved but you can't hold these boys accountable. I have been to several games that Coach Price has coached over the past years and his players have always exemplifed good sportsmanship. Coach Price and the players have no control over how the parents/fans act. Some of you may need to "vent" your happiness over Signal being stripped of their wins but please remember what is at the base of this....just high school boys wanting to play football. It is my hope that TSSAA overturns their ruling.

October 11, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.
sportygirl04 said...

I love high school football but it's times like this that put a sour taste in my mouth. First of all, let me just say that I do not believe that Coach Price had anything to do with this. I personally know Coach and I do not think for one moment that he would jepordize the future of the boys let alone the opportunity for the seniors to play their entire last year for just a couple wins. Regardless of what you hear, Coach Price considers each of those players family. Second, I just want to address some of the negative talk on these boards. Have we forgotten these are just high school kids playing a sport they love? The players on that team have no control over what happens in the paperwork. You may think that Signal got what they deserved but you can't hold these boys accountable. I have been to several games that Coach Price has coached over the past years and his players have always exemplifed good sportsmanship. Coach Price and the players have no control over how the parents/fans act. Some of you may need to "vent" your happiness over Signal being stripped of their wins but please remember what is at the base of this....just high school boys wanting to play football. It is my hope that TSSAA overturns their ruling.

October 11, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
sportygirl04 said...

Okay so players are being recruited off the mountain, so what…that should just make the kids on the mountain work harder to be on whatever team they are trying out for. If what people are saying is true that these are all “lilly white rich kids” then its good that they are being taught that not everything is handed to you. Sometimes you have to work hard for what you want because life isn’t always fair.

October 10, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.
sportygirl04 said...

I wanted to share a post from my blog http://www.sportygirl04.tumblr.com

I’m not naïve. I know that shady business goes on behind the scenes of almost every sports team on just about every level of play. I, however, try not to let these stories affect my view of the athletic program. Everybody does it….just some get caught and some don’t. I judge a team by what they can do on the field, and not what they can do with their money. This concept of cheating to get to the top hit home this past week….literally. It was reported TSSAA was investigating Signal Mountain for playing an ineligible player. Later it was explained that the player in question was Signal’s linebacker, Tim McClendon. Rumors began swirling on why McClendon was considered ineligible. Some said it was because he was attending Signal on a “hardship” case which allowed him to take part in academics but didn’t necessarily translate to athletics. Others said he was ineligible because he had played in a spring game at Fort Oglethorpe where he had attended school the previous year. Almost all stories include the idea that Signal was guilty of “recruiting” McClendon. It had been no secret to anybody that McClendon was a transfer student so why was this all being brought to light now?
I’ve made no secret that I am a fan of Signal but I am trying my best to be unbiased. I could sit here and defend Coach Price and the Signal staff saying that it is impossible that they recruited players. Doing so, would be irresponsible of me. As much as I want to know, I can’t tell you what exactly happened with and whether or not he was recruited. What I can tell you is if Signal is guilty of this practice they are not the only one and it isn’t just the coaching staff and administrators who are paying the price, it’s the student athletes who bear the brunt of the punishment. McClendon was a star athlete, illegally playing or not. He now doesn’t have the opportunity to finish out his senior year which I think he would gladly trade a championship season for. I don’t know if McClendon had any chance of playing college football but I’m sure the fact that he has been sidelined hurts his chances. Any interested colleges will have to watch him on tape instead of coming to see him in person. And what about his teammates? In my opinion, don’t punish the whole for the possible wrong-doing of a couple.

Regardless of if Signal is guilty or not guilty; I think there needs to be some serious re-examining of all high school programs. Behind the scenes shenanigans should not play a role in what happens on the field. Sure teams are going to try to “buy” championships by doing whatever it takes to put the best available players on the field but a line needs to be drawn. Parents should have the ability to give their children the best possible scenario for achieving their “dreams” (whether academically or athletically) without putting the chosen program in danger of not following policy.

October 10, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
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