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  1. Nolebull, off the top of my head (and thinking in general terms and not Gadsden vs. Nassau terms), I can think of a few reasons: 1. Some areas of the state may be more motivated by the singular success of their county's football programs vs. all the other aspects of a public school system (cough, cough, Polk, cough cough). 2. Merger of schools can be a big political issue, especially in smaller counties. If two high schools get merged into one, chances are one high school principal is losing his or her job. Economically, combining two into one may make sense, but when school board member Susan has to go to church on Sunday and explain to her friend Sally why Sally's principal husband Joe no longer has a job, economies of scale are likely to take a back seat. 3. Although Florida is still growing, some areas of the state are growing a record rates while others are relatively stagnant. If you live in an area of growth, you probably don't want to combine two schools into one, but instead want to give both schools room to grow. 4. Schools are like business and math: always easier to add than to subtract. That's all I've got off the top of my head.
  2. Who is "they?" Serious question. Did Suwanee's coach say that publicly? Or was it just a couple of high school kids on Twitter? Or some guy on a high school football message board? There's always going to be "that guy" or a handful of disillusioned fan[atic]s who think their team can beat every other team in the country (and, no, I'm not talking about Jesse). But you can't hold an entire school or its football team accountable for a couple of folks pounding their chests. So, I'll ask again, who is "they?" On a related note, how exactly does someone "snatch press time?" By doing something newsworthy? By playing games when another team is not (albeit for valid reasons)? Last, was it Suwanee coaches who were trying to convince Columbia players to transfer? Or players? Is this one of those "you know that it happened, but can't really prove it" situations? If I were you, I think I would be excited that the rivalry is being renewed and that your team finally gets to play Suwanee on the filed . . . even if its a glorified scrimmage.
  3. Wait, there's another Perspective on this board?
  4. 7 on 7 is a tool. For good coaches, it's a great developmental tool for skill players, just like the weight room is a tool. 7 on 7 is a great way for QB's, WR's and DB's to get passing game reps. Good coaches have to balance the desire to win 7 on 7 games/tournaments (which, in turn, can give kids confidence) with the goal of improving their teams for when "real football" starts.
  5. Ray, I didn't mean to imply that Osceola was part of the Wild West. I was just looking at the picture below your name and I see a Kowboy or, a "Gunslinger." Sometimes it's the little things that make me laugh. Obviously, Osceola isn't in a metropolitan area (although it's not very far from one). That said, Osceola has created an environment that might be attractive to a kid zoned for a high school that doesn't have much in the way of a program and who is looking for a better place to showcase his talents. Nothing wrong with that (at least not now).
  6. Can't help but notice the irony in this comment when I see the picture under your name.
  7. LOL. Or he goes through girls faster than I go through ice cream when my wife's out of town.
  8. Yeah, if memory serves me correct, high school boys have always liked Jack Daniels.
  9. So, what you're really saying is that Miami-Dade County was doing School Choice before School Choice was really a thing.
  10. Nolebull, quick question for you: in making the argument for any player, is it appropriate to compare them to guys who already are in the HOF or with that player's contemporaries? Or both? I suspect over the coming years, there will be several QB's and WR's that will have better statistical numbers than the bottom 30% of existing HOF'ers who played the same positions. The game has changed. Just curious what your thoughts are on that argument.
  11. Nolebull, save me the time doing the research, if you don't mind. Are you saying that Boldin is a HOF'er or should be a HOF'er? I think the latter. If so, is coming up on his first year of eligibility?
  12. ColumbiaFan, I'm not trying to quibble with you or pick a fight (I promise), I'm just trying to reconcile something in my head: how do you know what is going on, but yet you acknowledge that you don't have any proof of it? It seems that you can't have knowledge without proof. You can only have belief.
  13. FBGuy, you just proved my point: Using another person's address to attend a school that you were not zoned for was a blatant violation of FHSAA rules. Plain and simple. If the coaches and administration were complicit, that's an even bigger problem. I am very well aware that all of that happened. But none of the powerhouse Miami schools turned in the others because they all knew they were doing the same thing. Honor among thieves. Of course, now it doesn't matter. No need to use another person's address because of school choice. Just go to what ever school you want to go to. Until you can't.
  14. If I insulted you, I apologize. That's not my M.O. I was not trying to talk down to you; instead I was trying to give you a "local" example. I suggested a hypothetical scenario that could happen in Miami-Dade that is currently happening for real in Hillsborough County. Since you're "not reading all that," I'll keep this post short and sweet. Fact: not all public schools can accept transfers. Fact: that creates an uneven playing field. Period. As for whether the school I'm talking about wins or not, I can tell you this much: between 2005 and 2018, they won 58 consecutive district games and they won four state championships.
  15. Cribboy, let me see if I can put this terms that make more sense to you. Up until a few years ago, kids were supposed to attend high school based on where they lived, right? If you lived in the Miami Central zone, you went to Central. If you lived in the Northwestern zone, you went to NW. If you lived in the Booker T. Washington zone, you went to BTW. At least that's the way it was supposed to work. If you wanted to play for a different school, your family had to move or you had to break the rules and hope you didn't get caught. Well, all that changed. School choice. If a kid lives in the Central zone, he can go to Central. Or he can go to NW. Or he can go to BTW. His choice. As long as the kid can get to the school, he can pretty much go to any school he wants to, right? So, now the kids are getting together, playing on 7 on 7 all-star teams and deciding which school they all want to go to. Maybe they all decide to go to Central this year. And then a couple of years from now, NW becomes the "it" school. And a couple years after that, BTW is the place to play. All of those schools are in the same boat -- they can all accept transfers. Thus, the playing field is level. Now, let's say the Miami-Dade school boards gets together and decides that it will no longer permit kids to transfer into Central. Perhaps it's full. Or it's going to be renovated so it can only accommodate a certain number of kids during the five-year long construction process. For whatever reason, the school board passes a rule that says unless you live in the Central zone, you can't go to Central. Period. When all those kids get together for their 7 on 7 practices and games, and they start talking about where they all want to play together, one of the kids says "you boys need to come join me at Central." The others either already know or soon find out they can't transfer to Central. So they all decide to go to NW or BTW instead. And they take the Central kid with them. Sure, Central still gets some talented kids -- the ones who live in the district and who decide to stay there and not transfer to NW or BTW. But they aren't going to be able to compete against teams that also have talented kids and who can get even better by accepting transfers. In my opinion, the field would be tilted against Central. Better coaches? Better facilities? Sure, these things always have the ability to make a difference in how good of a football team a school can have. I've seen schools with lots of talent, but mediocre coaching and run-down facilities. These teams generally can only go so far before the meet up with a team that also has talent, but who has better coaching and who works harder. But (and recognizing the huge difference between public schools and private schools when it comes to facilities), there's no rule in place that limits a school's ability to attract good coaching or put in better facilities. Certainly other factors tilt the field in favor of or against certain schools, but, again, there's no a rule that keeps a particular school from doing a better job. There is, however, a rule that keep certain schools from accepting transfers. That's why I say it's not an even playing field. But, this situation may only apply to a small handful of public schools across the state and most of these schools are going to be top-notch academic schools. And, with a very small handful of exceptions, there are not that many "A" rated public schools that also have really good football programs. So, for the most part, no one is going to care. I just happen to be familiar with an "A" school that had a top-tier football program for the better part of a decade and a half before hitting a rough patch. Unfortunately, their timing was terrible, as it corresponded with the implementation of school choice. Now, that school is going to have a difficult, if not impossible, task of getting back into the upper echelon of Florida high school football because they cannot accept transfers . . . like virtually every other school in the County can do. So, that's how so.
  16. Columbia, you missed my point. Even if kids decide that they want to transfer into a particular school (by whatever means they may be enticed to do so), they cannot transfer into schools that are at capacity, at least not in HIllsborough County. Best example I can give you is Plant High School in Tampa. It's an "A" school and its "over capacity" because the kids who live in the Plant district have the absolute right to go there. (As an aside, there are a number of kids, including athletes, who live in the Plant district, but who attend Jesuit or Berkeley instead of Plant for any number of reasons). But, a stud football player who happens to live in another school district can 'choose' to attend the school in the district for which he is zoned or almost any other school in the county - public or private - except for Plant. So, my point is that no all public schools have the ability to accept transfers, much less go out and 'encourage' kids to attend their school. In my view, that results in an uneven playing field.
  17. That is not true of all public schools.
  18. Historically, Jesuit has not relied on transfers. That's not their 'business model.' They've made a few exceptions over the years - most notably the QB that transferred in as a senior a couple of years ago. But, Jesuit's business model is to identify the talented kids before they start high school (when most of them are flying under the radar) and then start coaching them up and letting the weight room work its magic over the next couple of years. Mind you, many of these kids would want nothing to do with Jesuit (and Jesuit would likely want nothing to do with these kids) were it not for football. That said, the kids often end up in a better academic and social environment by going to Jesuit than by going to the public school for which they would be zoned (and, yes, I understand that even this part of the equation has changed over the last few years). For what it's worth, Berkeley pretty much follows the same model. I suspect many of the private schools in the state do the same thing, although I'm pretty sure that STA is a little more liberal in its transfer policy.
  19. Simple: the private schools in these counties have a larger talent pool to recruit, er, try to attract potential incoming students from.
  20. Wait, so IMG's recent success is not a reflection of the amount of talent in Bradenton?
  21. TWEEEEEEET! (Throwing the yellow flag down to the ground) "We've got a dead ball personal foul against FBGUY for taunting ColumbiaFan with a Robert E. Lee reference. 15 yards; and loss of down."
  22. Here's my Reader's Digest Condensed Version for the tightwads out there: Jesuit will win almost all of their games (if not all), while Ed White and Arcadia DeSoto will both win about half their games. No doubt Josh's breakdown will be more extensive and more accurate.
  23. Wouldn't it have been easier to have just 'copied and pasted' the Chaminade and Dillard schedules?
  24. At this point, and seeing what Lakeland has done over the last couple of months in the high school portal, if I'm the coach at Clearwater, I'd be inclined to reschedule that return game against Lakeland for 2023 instead of 2022.
  25. I'm thinking that some schools and/or districts are interpreting "good cause" to mean " 'cause" we want to be "good."
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