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  1. From what I've heard, someone bused a group of middle school kids (approximately 30 or so kids, mostly 8th graders) around to three different area high schools, where each coach/school got to do their own dog and pony, rah, rah session with the kids 'suggesting' why the kids would be best suited attending that particular high school (now that kids can pretty much pick whatever school they want to go to -- assuming available capacity). Videos were taken and ultimately posted. Some of the coaches were a little more aggressive than others, but apparently all three of them crossed well over the line. In short, it was like a college on-campus visit, without the kids being able to put on the jersey or uniform of the host school for the obligatory photo opp. Six to eight game suspension for each coach, along with a $5K fine. Coaches can be involved in practices, but not games. I can see where someone can make the argument that the punishment is too severe, but there doesn't seem to be much room for argument as to whether a violation occurred. Convince me I'm wrong.
  2. For whatever reasons, I see a big difference between high school and college. I'm glad the NCAA decided to give college spring sport participants an extra year of eligibility . . . although it appears that the burden will be on the schools to find the money needed to pay for the players who will be returning for an extra year of college (perhaps a full year unless they sit out fall semester), the underclassmen who would be returning anyway, as well as the new players coming in. But it was the right thing to do. And while many of the winter sport athletes (like basketball and gymnastics) missed out on what could have been the highlight of their career (like post-season tournaments), I'm OK with not giving these student-athletes another year of eligibility. More of a gut call than a logical analysis. But, while I feel horrible for the high school spring sport athletes, and remain hopeful that they will be allowed to complete their spring sport seasons -- abbreviated as they may be -- I just don't feel right about high school kids postponing graduation to play another season of high school sports. I just don't think it would be smart/prudent/advisable to put off an entire year of college just so they can come back for another year of high school and play another year of baseball or football (or whatever). [As an aside, such a decision by the FHSAA would likely require them to change their bylaws and allow kids to play after they've reached the magic age (19?)]. As a practical matter, seniors who participate in spring sports, and who hope to obtain college scholarships in those sports, already have been offered. Baseball and softball are both big club sports, and tennis is in a category all its own. Lacrosse is still relatively new in Florida, but the better players already have been identified as juniors and/or based on their club play. Same with even newer sports like boy's volleyball and water polo. I'm not really sure where Track & Field and Weightlifting fit in, but I'm guessing the really fast and really strong athletes already have been identified and, if scholarships are available, offered. I do feel particularly bad for the flag football players if they are not able to complete their seasons, as the sport doesn't exist yet in college (except as a club sport). I saw something posted the other day quoting a high school baseball coach who claimed it would take at least three weeks of practice to have his team ready to play games again. Sorry, but I call B.S. on this. If I were a high school senior who played baseball (like I once was), you could have me game-ready in a week - especially if school was over or almost over and restrictions on practice time, if any, were lifted. My thought: once the FHSAA gives teams the green light to hit the field again, give them all a week to practice, have them play one or two games and then go straight into district tournaments, with all seeding be done at random. Double elimination, if possible. Yeah, some good teams might get shafted and some seasons are going to come to end way too soon for some teams and a lot of players, but something is better than nothing. Anyway, I was bored and this topic seemed as good as any to stir things up a little. I've put my thoughts out there. What do you guys think?
  3. All kidding aside, I don't see why football couldn't work . . . two teams of 60 each together with coaches, officials and essential personnel. Allow each player to designate two fans each to attend the games. Spread the fans out in the home and visiting side stands. No bands, dancers or cheerleaders until things are under control, then start re-introducing these aspects of the game one at a time. In short, it would look like most high school JV games. Perhaps they could add in a streaming service that would allow the games to be viewed by small crowds at local restaurants . . . again, once we get to the point that small crowds can congregate at local restaurants. PPV-style. What am I missing?
  4. I know of a handful of schools in the greater Tampa Bay area where there would be no risk of having a crowd of more than 250.
  5. I'd beg to differ. I would consider any win by Plant over Armwood in the last 15 years to be a "good win." In addition, the 2012 Robinson team was loaded. Their only two losses that year were to Plant and to eventual State 5A champion Godby 24-20 in the state semi-finals. Oh, and they finished 18th in the final MaxPreps State Rankings. And, in addition to knocking off Armwood and Robinson, Plant also beat six other teams that finished in the top 150 of the MaxPreps state rankings (three of which were in the top 100). As for Plant, they finished 21st in the final state rankings . . .out of 573 teams in the state. So, if Plant was not a good team, that essentially means that there were 552 teams who were worse and only 20 teams that could be considered 'good.' Clearly, the 2012 team was not the best team that Plant has had in the last 15 years, but they were still a good team -- at least in my opinion.
  6. Or, another way of looking at it, they (Plant) were down 7-0 until late in the 3rd quarter and 14-0 midway through the 4th quarter before eventually losing to Dr. Phillips 24-7 . . . the same Dr. Phillips team who then suffered their only loss of the season to eventual State Champion Apopka, who they had beaten earlier in the season. The same Dr. Phillips team who finished 14 in the final MaxPreps state rankings. Apopka finished 7th. If 24-7 and 33-3 are blowouts, then yes, they got blown out. Interestingly, the team that scored 33 on them (John Curtis) then went on to score 34, 56, 59, 48, 50, 55, 50, 64, 64, 50, 62, 59, 55 and 35 in their remaining games - the last five of which were state playoff games. All of the sudden, that 33 points isn't looking quite that bad. The worst Armwood team of the past 18 years still finished ranked 27th in the final MaxPreps state rankings, notwithstanding their playoff loss.
  7. Badbird, I hate to say it, but I think you're probably right. The FHSAA has been relatively silent about the whole thing (i.e., spring sports, spring football, etc.), so it may end up being a county-by-county decision. Which could also prove interesting, as I'm not sure how much authority, if any, the county athletic departments have over the private schools in their counties. But, ultimately, I see the dominoes starting to fall and the public schools (with a couple of notable exceptions) will fall in line with the NCAA and basically write off all sports, including spring football, for the rest of the school year. In return, they might give football an extra week or two to get ready for the fall season (which, with school starting in mid-August and football set to start up end of July, could mean student-athletes practicing in pads in Florida in July -- OUCH!).
  8. Without a doubt, John Curtis had the better team that year. It didn't help, however, that Plant players were cramping up by the second quarter and played most of the game without their starting QB and starting RB. But, again, I will concede that JC had the better team that year. That said, I would bet my bottom dollar it would have been a closer game had it been played at Plant, regardless of whether JC players got no sleep or a full night's sleep. Of course, we'll never know whether that would have happened or not. For what it's worth, the "[not] good Plant team" finished that season with two losses -- the regular season road loss to John Curtis and a playoff road loss to Dr. Phillips. Somehow, that 'not good team' managed to beat Wharton. As well as Armwood, TBT, Jefferson and six others. And, also for what it's worth, I can only wish that this past year's team had been a 'not so good' 10-2.
  9. Technically, the Super Dome was a neutral site game, too.
  10. Quick thoughts: 1. Edgewater has become the flavor of the month in the greater metropolitan Orlando area and perhaps will attract incoming transfers based on their success last year more so than from any unsavory recruiting efforts. 2. High school teams that are really good one year aren't necessarily really good the next year - especially if they have an abundance of senior talent in the year that they are really good. I don't know what Edgewater's roster looks like, how may seniors they lose, and what role those seniors played. But they better have a good bit of homegrown talent returning next year to have any chance at all of running the table. 3. Based on the aggressive scheduling, it appears that Edgewater is trying to "take it to the next level" by scheduling tough opponents that will help their RPI, win or lose, and that will better prepare them for the teams they are likely to face if they make a deep run in the playoffs. It's a tried and true formula for building a successful program. 4. Good luck against John Curtis. I don't know what kind of team JCC will have next year, but based on past years, Edgewater will have their work cut out for them. Two bits of logistical advice for anyone associated with the Edgewater program: first, when John Curtis offers to transport your team on one of their buses, pass on the offer and arrange your own transportation. That way, you're more likely to get a bus with A/C and you won't have to ride all around town on game day in 90 degree heat in a nicely painted old school bus without A/C. Second, respectfully request (if not demand) that they provide sufficient water for your side of the field for the game . . . the whole game, not just the first quarter. Coolers with no ice and no water don't work very well, especially after being on a hot school bus. I'm not saying that JC did those things on purpose in the past, but I'm not not saying that either.
  11. Hmmm, I thought it was a violation of FHSAA rules for a private school to provide financial assistance to a student based on that student's athletic ability. Are there private schools out there that are actually doing that?!?!
  12. Ha. More like "Counselor, please do your own research before you walk in here and ask the Court to answer all of your legal questions -- especially when the answer to all your questions can be found in the transcript."
  13. This topic has been addressed multiple times in multiple threads.
  14. There is no perfect system. But, as you point out, I've never been one of those who says the whole playoff system should be geared up in hopes of have the two "best" teams in each region playing in each of the four regional finals. There are just way too many factors to make that determination and way too many things happen along the road to a regional final game (upsets being just one of those things). How many times do the top 2 seeds in a tennis tournament end up matched up against each other in the finals? How often do you see four # 1 seeds make the NCAA Final Four in basketball or hockey? How often do you see the #1 seed in the AFC and the #1 seed in the NFC square off in the Super Bowl? More often than not, the cream ultimately rises to the top, but I just don't think it's worth the effort in high school football.
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