And people said Workman at Murray could never beat Barnes. Oh ye of little
You can call it what you want, but the UHSAA needs to 'stiffen' the
penalty so that you forfeit your right to go to the state tourney if you play
ineligible players. It is the head coaches and AD's responsibility to track
grades. I realize that Olympus did the right thing in self-reporting, and I
admire them for doing so. However if you want to have these constant issues end
(Timpview, East, and now Olympus), you go to a zero tolerance rule and punish
the whole school for the mistakes of it's leaders. Have someone miss the
state tourney and then see if it happens again. It won't.Once
again Cache Valley is affected by the actions of another school's failure
to monitor it's own.
barnes has a record of only 5 players so either this kid did contribute or he
didn't play at all.
Coach Barnes is right; this is totally on him. But shame on the boy involved
for not self-reporting and letting his team down like this. You don't make
it to Varsity level without knowing the academic eligibility rules.
How unfortunate for those young men who we're not at fault and worked hard.
I know the coach is ultimately responsible and there is no excuse but there was
one individual that knew he fell below what was required and didn't say
anything. I hope that young man takes responsibility and learns a valuable
lesson from this situation. These learning experiences are the most important
reasons why athletics are part of schools and communities for our young people.
Good luck to Olympus!
Glad the coach took the blame but how about Athletic Director and Administrator
in charge of athletics. They should be the ones doing this particular thing.
Looks like this year the Titans decided to start losing even before the
tournament. Who knows, maybe it will motivate them to win it all, finally,
after all these years. Go TITANS!