So let me get this straight. If an athlete and/or his/her parents lie about
something, then the school/team is not held responsible! Why do we not have the
school AD and coach verify any student athlete who is a transfer or out of
boundary first entry? The school has to be held responsible ultimately or the
cheating will continue. If you had a coach and AD have to sign and verify the
eligibility of every player, with the punishment as being fired for
lying/intentional deceiving, many of these issues would disappear. If I read
this article correctly, mercy to the school/team if the athlete and/or parents
lied about an address, etc to become eligible. That does absolutely nothing to
solve the problem, and only punishes the player IF he/she gets caught. The UHSAA
needs to get a backbone.
Yep I was thinking the same thing FBgramps, if you say that if the athlete lies,
then the team or school won't be punished, then all it is is a game of
plausible deniability! It becomes easy for the AD or coaches to say that they
didn't know the truth and can't be punished based on what a teenager
told them. I'm with you and say that part of an AD job description should
be following up on and making sure that any and all student athletes are
eligible, and if there are ANY questions, then they should be held out until
fully cleared to play. Problem solved.
The UHSAA has lost all credibility...the latest realignment was a joke. It was
very political and it came down to which schools had representation on the
BOT....everyone else had to fend for themselves.....now this. The UHSAA is no
friend to schools and what is in their best interest.
The UHSAA is a joke, they are just trying to justify their existence. Someone
should audit this organization for corruption.
We need to really define what the UHSAA is. The problem is that it doesn't
know what it is or its basic structure is flawed. First you have
the Executive Directors led by Rob Cuff. They are hired by the Board of
Trustees/Executive Committees to handle the paperwork, track records, execute
state competitions and generally advise on athletic matters. And in Cuff's
case, really take the heat for the other aspects of the UHSAA which are
generally dysfunctional.The Executive Committee is made up of
administrators, one from each region and perhaps others. Unfortunately, they
are made up of principals who independently act in what they see as the the best
interests of their school and community but rarely concern themselves with the
best interest of the sport or competition or what is fair and right.The Board of Trustees, made up of ex-administrators, school board members and
superintendents is even worse than the Executive Committee.As one
can see, the further one goes up the food chain the worse the decision making
process gets. Cuff and his cohorts try to enforce policies but then they
overturned often by one of these other bodies.