QUESTION: What is going on at the high school league office? Every year it seems like we have a mess at playoff time with the Goose Creek incident, Dorman and Byrnes two years ago, and now the Class A title game postponement. Can they not get it right?
ANSWER: Actually, your blame is misguided. The SCHSL is just trying to make sure these guys are playing by the rules. It is not the fault of the high school league office that the people who knew about this infraction sat on it until the week of the semifinals.
I don’t see an alternative other than postponing the game and getting it right. SCHSL Executive Director Jerome Singleton is doing the only thing he can do to make sure the right thing is done. The real issue is whether there will be an appeal allowed after the decision and then whether the second, government-appointed appeals committee, gets involved.
If that happens and the second committee does not uphold the SCHSL decision, we have a serious problem with the system.
QUESTION: Who do you think will get the Ridge View job, and can they get that program to contender status?
ANSWER: I have no idea what direction they are going, but they could get some good candidates. There are people within the district who would be good choices. There is interest from a couple of small-school coaches. A coach of a team playing for a second state title this week has expressed interest.
As for whether the next coach can get them to contender status, that will depend on what that coach is allowed to do in terms of bringing in assistant coaches. One of the problems Ridge View has faced, as well as other schools in the area, is the inability to hire assistant coaches. If there are teaching positions available, administration should make every effort to accommodate the head coach in bringing in help, if the candidates are qualified to teach.
You cannot ask these men to build solid programs when you do not give them the tools to build successful programs.
QUESTION: Do you have your Midlands Player of the Year picked yet?
ANSWER: I usually wait until after championship games to pick the all-state teams and superlatives, but there are strong contenders. In no particular order, in the running for my POY for the Midands are T.J. Brady of Hammond, Matthew Colburn of Dutch Fork and Jakayus Leaphart of Gilbert.