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On the surface, you would think the officials didn't manage this game well. I'm curious as to why they stopped the game with 1:33 left in the first half with half time so near. If in their judgement the game should have been stopped, then perhaps a suspension of the game was in order. I'm not sure NFHS football rules would permit this though. Was the player who delivered the cheap shot to the Tempe player standing out of bounds and then celebrated ejected? If not, then the officials created the situation and the end result is understandable. The player who committed this heinous assault should be suspended for the year! NFHS rules always put player's safety at a premium, unfortunately often competition clouds coaches and kids judgement. 9 months ago
It's about time, but seeing is believing. I don't think apathy is the major problem with the current transfer rules as much as the AIA lacking manpower to investigate fairly and the fear of litigation. In order for any new rule to work efficiently, its' implementation must be applicable across the board for every transfer, no exception. A year suspension will be a one year suspension applicable to all sports and extra curricular activities, unless a family can prove financial hardship or pursuit of academic interests. What I don't think should be allowed is a student transferring to a school to increase class standing, such as Neal just did. Another aspect of the transfer rules the AIA should consider is disallowing multiple transfers for any student athlete. For example, if a student transfers one time, that student can transfer back, but will have to give up their athletic eligibility. This rule certainly would have stopped Malcolm Holland's manipulation of the rules! Mar 21, 2012
Chuck Schmidt is full of (fill in the blank)!! If in fact the AIA had ruled on Cozens eligibility last spring, then how could they not enforce the 1 year moratorium. The kid should not have been allowed to play football. Whether or not he had played football at Desert Mountain is not the issue as the eligibility should not be sports specific, but rather calendar specific. The AIA allowed this kid to play football and in the face of preventing a law suit, they're back pedaling and looking foolish! Mar 7, 2012
If in fact he's ineligible for baseball until that date in April, then he was in fact ineligible for any sport? Wouldn't this mean that Chaparral would have to forfeit their football title or is it sport specific? In any case it doesn't matter as the kid has a UA scholarship in hand where he will try to play both football and baseball! I was wondering, did he also play basketball this year at Chaparral? I know he did at Desert Mountain.Mar 4, 2012
Keep up the good work and keep hammering the egotistical leaders over at the Fortress on 18th St.! Heard a rumor on the street about the new standards and protocol concerning background checks. Seems the AIA as a non-profit organization is in the red to the tune of approximately $200,000. Would like for someone in the press to follow up on this.
TMan43 asks a great question in that who is the AIA accountable to? My answer would be the state legislature and we all know that interscholastic sports for the pols isn't a priority! That in itself is the real problem in that Slemmer, Welchel and Schmidt can hide behind the state or my personal favorite is the bylaws, which is a favorite excuse for the powers over at the fortress. Follow the money and I believe you'll find a great story to prove mismanagement and incompetence. It's about time that someone in the press has the fortitude to take on the big boys and their elitist attitudes!Feb 15, 2012
The Sander's termination reminds me of some others who were fired for the same reason, that having an egotistical image of themselves being bigger than the game. Bobby Knight, Joe Paterno, Pete Rose, to name a few! This firing was personality driven and nothing more! I've heard a rumor that Sanders told the powers to be while arranging this game, that he would only be interested in playing in the beginning of the season, not at the end close to playoffs. In fact, he threatened then to not play his starters, if the game were to be scheduled on the back end. So, he carries out his threat and goes on to embarass the SUSD and AIA for destroying the competitiveness of the game; thus, the telecast was a dismal failure! Lost in all of this is the complicity of Chapparal' coach, Charlie Ragle. One might ask why the game couldn't be played at the beginning of the season, but Ragle had his motives. His team would be coming off a game against national power, Bishop Gorman and the timing would not be beneficial to his team. The decision then should have made to reconsider scheduling this game for the next year. What is strangely curious to me is why Sander's or the school has not published this? Jan 6, 2012
Easy to assess blame to the AIA and scheduling; however, because of the rivalry involved with these two schools, no date would have been satisfactory. Sanders actions violate the basic tenet of interscholastic sports and Ragle allowing his team to attempt 2 pt conversions with a 40-0 is classless and despicable. As for the division reasoning, Saguaro has won the previous 4 games against Chapparal, so I fail to see an imbalance or injustice here. The big problems as I see it are this, coaches with big egos and the climate with open enrollment, recruitment of kids, transfers for non academic reasons, and parental pressure which has created this quagmire! Make no mistake about it, this is exactly what the schools want. Early this year an agreement between Hamilton and Chapparal couldn't be reached as Chapparal was not willing to play Bishop Gorman and Hamilton in consecutive weeks. Perhaps, the AIA should have stepped in and intervened, but if they had a hue and cry would have come from the Chapparal faithful, the likes of which you have never seen. Ultimately, Desert Vista quashed the game as they weren't willing to give up their date against Hamilton.
The schedule is set by the AIA and that's a given and you take the good with the bad. Phoenix Union schools didn't qualify for the playoffs, despite some of these schools going 7-3. They played their schedules as prescribed by the AIA and paid the price in lacking power points. Is this fair, I think not. Yet, I haven't heard one high school sports writer take up their cause. Mr. Brown, your arguments about the schedule are groundless. The real problem is this, in that the tail (schools) wags the dog (AIA), rather than the AIA wags its' tail!! Nov 6, 2011
The question here and moving forward is not whether students will be held to a higher standard, but rather can the vocal minority of football parents who pursued this meet with the coach and move beyond this? I don't have a dog in this fight; however, I've followed this story from the outset and firmly believe the motivation of the parents and kids was a dislike for this hire. The district has spoken and it's time to move on. If any parent or student cannot, I suggest they take advantage of open enrollment and transfer. Enough of this!Jul 30, 2010
LSUMAN: I very well understand what is going on here. The claim of fearing retribution is a lame excuse for these people to hide behind. While I'm not a legal scholar, I'm certain that one of the basic tenets of American jurisprudence is the right of the accused to face their accusers. I've been involved with high school athletics and youth sports for 40+ years and my experience tells me that this might very well be a setup. I find it hard to believe that this matter was not handled at the school rather than the district level. Personally, I think the parents wanted it to go to the district in order to achieve their ultimate goal, Zamenski's firing.
In concluding, in my long experience with youth sports, the biggest change with coaching and officiating are parental attitudes and interference.
Parents feel a sense of entitlement and can be quite demanding both in their language and demeanor. Sadly, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree and their kids are easily influenced in adopting these same attitudes. I only wonder what will happen if the District does not fire Mr. Zamenski? I have a suggestion, TRANSFER!Jul 23, 2010
The only thing that troubles me with this situation is the anonymity of the letter submitted by the 13 parents to TUSD. Doesn't this coach have the right to face his accusers? I also believe the parents want this guy out because they did not like his hiring! Isn't that the problem with youth athletics, parents exerting too much control! If the administration at Corona would have done their job in the first place, this situation with an anonymous letter would not have to be dealt with at the district level Jul 23, 2010