LONG NIGHT IN THE LONGHORN STATE:
No matter which side of a blowout ball game you have been on, there is no fun, whether your team is getting destroyed or your team is doing the destroying.
The FHSAA realized the adverse affect of a blowout and has the “mercy rule” in effect for football, basketball, baseball and softball. As a coach, parent and athletic director I have been on both sides of the mercy rule and I’m not sure why the Texas governing body for athletics, the University Interscholastic League, rejected the proposal last week to institute a mercy rule for high school football games.
The idea was prompted last October, when one high school football team beat another 91-0. It was expressed by a representative that it was shot down because “There’s a strong feeling that the kids that are on the fourth string need to play as well, and if you stop the game at halftime they lose that opportunity.”
First of all, all schools don’t have four strings. Second of all, even third and fourth stringers struggle to compete against a team capable of such a blowout. Hey Texas, you fumbled on this one.
BOBCATS TURN FOOTBALL OVER TO NEW COACH:
After only a semester at Munroe, Coach Vic Culley resigned his position as head football coach for personal reasons. Jimmy Harris, long-time South Georgia football coach and interim head coach with Joey Edwards last fall, assumed the head coaching slot for the Bobcats. Coach Joey Birdsong was hired as associate head coach and PE teacher and will head up summer conditioning. He will also run the day-to-day operations of the program in the fall since Coach Harris’ real job is assistant principal at Bainbridge High School.
FATHER’S DAY FOCUS:
Following on the heels of Father’s Day this past Sunday, Maxpreps.com has eight Father-inspired stories, some with video, celebrating the role some fathers have played in the success of eight prep athletes. Some are inspiring, some informative, some funny and others tear-jerkers. Check it out on the home page of maxpreps.com.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
Here are the top five Dads-in-Sports Quotes.
1. "My father looked at the check and then told the scout, 'Throw in another hundred and you can take the rest of the family.'" -- former baseball player Joe Dugan, signed to a $500 contract in the early 1920s
2. "Dad taught me everything I know, but he would never tell me anything he knew." -- race car driver Al Unser, Jr.
3. "I didn't hire Scott because he's my son. I hired him because I'm married to his mother." -- Frank Layden, on hiring his son as assistant coach
4. "I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough to pay out. But eventually he scraped it up." --- former baseball player and announcer Bob Uecker
5. "As in red light. You know, no more kids." -- boxing legend George Foreman, asked why his ninth child is named Red