As the Commissioner of the South Carolina High School League, Jerome Singleton is the public face of an organization that usually does not get much face time.
Most often associated with determining player eligibility and setting penalties for team rules violations, Singleton is hoping to steer the SCHSL into a more positive light.
The SCHSL, which represents and regulates competition among more than 200 high schools in the state, has come under scrutiny by the state legislature after some dissent over recent decisions, most directly the suspension of Goose Creek’s undefeated football team from the 2012 playoffs.
The S.C. House last week approved an amended measure allowing the SCHSL to continue overseeing middle and high school sports.
The measure initially would have eliminated the SCHSL and transferred its duties to the state Education Department, under an athletic commissioner appointed by the state superintendent.
Singleton is the man charged with steering the organization’s course.
He talked to The State about what’s next.