Amy, you've been reporting on this for a long time, and you've done a
great job.Except...there seems to be a gap. We have been waiting
for some indication that proper due process owed to Coach Wong would be
provided. If I missed an article, I hope you or somebody will point it out to
me. Otherwise, we're left with the feeling that the termination of coach
Wong may have been mishandled, and that the new hire is premature. This
perception is unfair to coach Whittingham and coach Wong. Perhaps there is
something you can do about this, in the way of further reporting. If due
process as to coach Wong's situation has not occurred, that is worth
reporting. If it has, that is worth reporting. If it has been reported, I
apologize for missing it and would appreciate somebody pointing me to the
Great news!Essentially this means all athletes who pass through this
program will be piped straight to the U.Keep 'em coming
Timpview.Utah's stranglehold on this state is getting even
You know the question on everybody's mind is whether or not Cary is still a
Cougar or does he now consider himself a Ute? Best of luck to him
and the kids at Timpview as well as to Coach Wong.
"Moving forward," as Coach Wittingham says, is still a bitter pill when
one considers the black eye that Coach Wong has received. With the overall
atmosphere which prevails throughout the Thunderbird campus, one would wonder
where the buck really stops. Todd McKee has flexed his muscle and the school has
lost a great coach, a very capable band director and a successful tennis coach.
Is there something wrong with this picture? Is everything well in Zion or are
the problems only beginning to show? I hope, for the sake of the kids, that
2012-13 can be a success for this lighthouse school, and instead of worrying
about keeping balance between the two high schools, there will be a cleansing of
the administration (at the district level) from the top down. Let's hope
that the students and the student-athletes can move on from here even though
they have learned a lesson in civics and how civil disobedience does not always
win when those at the top have egos to stroke and the power to force their way
to be enforced. Kia Kaha!
This is a great choice for Timpview although it is painful to see a Bulldog
leading the Thunderbirds. Cary will do a great job there.@tomahawk
redCary Whittingham has been on the Timpview staff for several years
running the defense and the vast majority of Timpviews D1 quality defensive
players have still gone to BYU. These high school coaches do not play favorites
with colleges although we can assume since Cary is Kyle's brother he will
have nothing but good to say about him to his players. Quality HS coaches look
out for all of the boys in their programs and try to cultivate good
relationships with all of the college programs in the state. I would be very
surprised if Cary tries to do anything to jepordize those relationships. Plus
the Timpview area, and the majority of the parents in the area, are staunch BYU
fans, Cary would not be foolish enough to alienate those people, his job depends
on them. Just another clueless nonsensical post from a utah
I still think it's a shame the way the school district trampled Coach
Wong's reputation. Every high school coach has to re-evaluate whether all
of their hard work and efforts for the boys they mentor is worth the witch hunts
that seem to follow the best coaches.Maybe all the coaches should produce
mediocre teams and stay out of the spotlight, otherwise the power hungry school
boards will cut them down to size.Good luck to Coach Whit, I'll be
there watching his opener against Alta, tough way to start a career for Coach
Whit but I'm sure he'll be great.
I know for a fact that Cary supports the Utes, but I think he has enough
integrity to let the boys make their own decisions... I'm sure he'll
put in a good word for his brother, but I don't think he will talk bad
about BYU either.
I think its a great hire for Timpview and the community. I love to see when a
school uses its resources and hires individuals that are vested in the well
being of the kids he serves. I hear Wasatch is most likely losing a great youth
baseball coach to another school. It is hard for me to understand why Wasatch
would not want to use the great coaching that surrounds them in the valley,
instead they stay with the status quo, because its the easy thing to do.
Administrators have an obligation to find and hire the best coaches. Just as
they would the best teachers. Its more than just filling a position....
@reasonableUTEI think you are spot on with your entire post.
DuckAgree with you this is a smart hire nobody can reasonably take
issue with. The Wittinghams are football guys top to bottom, and this will be
great for TV. HS coaches, like everybody else, have favorites, but very few
"play" favorites. When it does happen it's usually based on how a
coach perceives his players have been treated (or mistreated) by a college
program. In any case LDS kids tend to want to go to BYU and most non-LDS kids
won't consider it. Almost all TV kids are LDS, so Coach Wittingham's
influence on instate recruiting would be negligible anyway.
""I hope so," he said. "It's been a tough year for the
community and everybody associated with the program. It's time to get back
to focusing on what's best for kids. Timing wise, it was time (to hire a
new coach).""That's funny McKee. You've done
anything but help the community and everyone associated with the program. When
Wong was dismissed, you refused to name Cary as intern coach. A month or so ago,
you again refused and decided to "open the job up." On Saturday, it got
out that you were going to reject the committee's suggestions and hire a
different coach who was never associated with Timpview. "I think
we've got a great person to take over," said McKee. "First and
foremost, it was his honesty and integrity (that led to the
administration's decision)."Something McKee clearly lacks.
"I think (the community) will be overjoyed,"of
course they will be. For it was they who pressured you to hire Whittingham.
After it got out on Saturday that you were going to hire another person, the
community came together with over 1,000 signatures overruling your decision.
I agree with the first post. This is poor judgement on Timpview if this matter
hasn't been resolved with Coach Wong. We don't know all the facts,
but people that know coach Wong knows that he is an honest person who has
integrity and he should be given the opportunity to defend these accusations.I find it hard to place any credibility in Timpview HS or Provo SD.
It's not as if thousands of dollars were embezzled. I think there were
some inconsistencies that needed explaining. if everything was run through the
principal & a school finance director the blame should be shared, practices
changes, and a man's life work shouldn't be put through the mud.
I have coached a High School sport (basketball) and know it is a huge job and
responsibility. Glad that the new coach will have the support of the community.
I am not so sure about the pic of the Wittingham boys with their
father- he was on the Rams coaching staff and the boys showed up and got dressed
in Ram uniforms? What's up with that?
Just a question: what happens if some judge says Coach Wong was improperly
Sentinel,The Whittinghams played for the Rams replacement squad in the 87
FaifeauSam:From the looks of the two campuses and recent boundary
decisions, I'm not sure if you could say that the PSD has been too majorly
concerned about the two campuses being equal. And BTW, the school board did hire
a new superintendent a month ago from Washington. The two previous
superintendents have retired or will retired so it seems a new chapter is a
foot.As for the initial post on Coach Wong, I agree it would be nice
to know where the investigation stands. I think with summer football starting,
there was some need to name a coach. I think hiring Coach Whittingham, whatever
the reason or process, seems to make sense. He seems the most able to continue
the Wong legacy of the available options.
@SentinelWhile that would be funny if Fred had just had his boys
show up and put on Rams uniforms for a picture the fact is both Kyle and Cary
played for the Rams as repl;acement players during the '87 strike season.
They are legitimately wearing those uniforms and if you knew them you would know
dressing up like that for a picture is not something anyone in that family would