Saying he has had enough grief, Gene Denning once again has resigned as Arcadia’s boys basketball coach — this time, he said, for good. Denning turned in his resignation this week.
“Basically, it’s an accumulation of the whole thing this season,” said Denning, who was the Titans’ coach the past four seasons after serving as an assistant with the program for six years. “It never stopped.”
Denning was referring to repercussions from an incident that led to his initial resignation just before the start of this past season.
On Nov. 10, Denning first resigned after he said he was ordered by Scottsdale Unified School District athletic director Roosevelt Lofton to reinstate a player he had cut. At the time, Lofton explained his move by saying after Denning cut the player — a junior — from the varsity, it wasn’t fair the player wasn’t given an opportunity to try out for the junior varsity team. Denning said he didn’t have tryouts for the JV and the only juniors assigned to the team were those deemed to have potential to make the varsity as a senior.
Five days after that first resignation, Denning returned to the job following a visit at his home by some of the Titans’ players, who ended up winning just two games all season.
Jim Bevell, Arcadia’s athletic director, said Denning will be missed.
“I felt that Gene did a job good,” Bevell said. “It’s one of those things that’s frustrating.
“He was in a no-win situation.”
For the second time in four years, high school volleyball matches will be getting longer.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association's legislative council approved changing matches to a best-of-five-games format at its annual meeting Friday. The change will take effect next fall.
The last two years, girls matches have had a best-of-three format and boys volleyball is utilizing that format this spring. At the urging of the state volleyball coaches association, the council opted for the same change it made on a one-year-only basis in 2003. This time, the change is indefinite.
Tucson Ironwood Ridge coach Bill Lang pointed out that most states have best-of-five formats and national records are only recognized under that format.
In another move, the council approved a "football speed-up rule" for all conferences. If a team leads by at least 42 points, a running clock will be implemented immediately. If the deficit later drops under 42, regular timing will resume. Regular timing also will be used in the final two minutes of a game, regardless of the score.
The council also approved a rule that mandates a shootout to prevent ties in 4A or 5A soccer games during the regular season. The rule will not apply to state tournaments.