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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 02:27 PM
This happened here in my county, by a team we play every year, and my daughters have friends in this school. What is this teaching our young people?

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/110807/hig_151720.shtml

Lakeside coach admits mistake

A controversial play near the end of Lakeside's final football game of the year last Friday has resulted in an apology from Panthers coach Jody Grooms, who faces possible punishment from his school and the Georgia High School Association.

A video of the play has circulated in e-mails and on the Internet since early this week with clear evidence of foul play. Grooms sent letters of apology to Effingham County's Jack Webb, the opposing coach Friday, in addition to principal Yancy Ford and Lakeside principal Dr. Jeff Carney.

The illegal play came on Lakeside's final possession of the game, with Effingham County leading 7-0.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf7wH3pjHtE&eurl

Three Lakeside receivers lined up on the right side of the field. At the snap, one of the receivers ran off the field and stood with his teammates on the sideline. At the same time, a Lakeside player standing on the sideline 40 yards downfield entered play. Lakeside quarterback Chad Chandler threw a deep pass to the illegal receiver, but was intercepted.

No penalty flags were thrown on the play, and Effingham County went on to win 7-0. Had they lost the game, the Rebels would have been eliminated from postseason contention.

"The film's pretty cut and dry," Grooms said. "I got caught up in the moment, and it was a poor decision. I used poor judgement, and it's no one's fault than mine."

Webb said he sent the game tape to Ford who alerted Carney of the situation. Carney did not return an e-mail on Wednesday seeking comment.

Dennis Payne, the GHSA's associate director and administrator for football, said no written report had been turned in to the GHSA, but he expected one from Carney today. Payne said he would review the report and make a recommendation on how to handle the situation, but GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin would have the final word.

Grooms, in his first year as head football coach and athletic director at Lakeside, led the Panthers to a 3-7 record this year -- one win better than last season. He previously turned struggling programs into state playoff teams at two schools in North Carolina and was hired to do the same at Lakeside last spring.

"I'm real sorry for the embarrassment this has caused Lakeside, the coaches, the players and everyone," Grooms said.

"I know I made a mistake. This is the first time I've ever tried it, and it will be the last."

So cheating is a mistake now? His mistake was getting caught. Cheating is an intentional act. He should be fired, IMO. ~ BDOB

[Edited on 11/15/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 03:33 PM
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So cheating is a mistake now? His mistake was getting caught. Cheating is an intentional act. He should be fired, IMO. ~ BDOB
I agree, Dave. Very unsportsmanlike and I would be equally angry if I had a child on this team or the opposing team. We are all ultimately responsible for our own children but I don't think it's out of line to expect some measure of ethical conduct from those who teach our children in school and/or coach our children in sports. This guy made a stupid choice and it was wrong for him to get these kids involved in it.

[Edited on 11/8/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 04:12 PM
Obviously this coach never read the poem that ends:

And when that one great scorer come to mark against your name
It isn't if you won or lost, it's how you played the game.!

 

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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 04:50 PM
this guy has no business teaching kids how NOT to play football.

I hated coaches like this that put all the emphasis on winning at all costs.

They should be teaching the love of the sport and sportsmanship and fair play.

He has got to go.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 10:56 PM

FIRE THE JERK!!!

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 08:54 AM
He should be..... O U T... Gone , from teaching..... learning to win fair and square is the only way to...... win ....cheat in sports , you'll cheat in everything in life

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 09:17 AM
I live in Aiken, close to where this happened and work in a group that includes the local paper. The sportswriter told me if this was not on film, no one could have proved that it happened. The refs did not see it or call it, only the game film from the opposing team made evryone aware of it.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 02:29 PM
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_110907_latest.shtml

Grooms put on 'severe warning status'

Lakeside High School will be fined $250 by the Georgia High School Association for the actions of the football team and head coach Jody Grooms involving a controversial play at the end of the team's final game of the season.

Dr. Ralph Swearngin, GHSA executive director, said he reviewed a written report from Lakeside and came to a final decision Friday. The punishment also included a "severe warning status" placed on Grooms until the end of the 2008 football season.

"That means any more sportsmanship problems would bring harsher penalties," Swearngin said. "We don't fine coaches in this type of situation. We fine the school."

Swearngin said he was surprised when he learned that a coach in the GHSA attempted such a play.

"Obviously we're strongly opposed to that kind of action," he said. "This seemed like it was very out of character."

Lakeside principal Dr. Jeff Carney, who is out of town this weekend with the Lakeside cheerleading squad at the state competition in Columbus, said he hadn't seen the report from the GHSA, but an assistant told him the total fine was $250.

"We totally respect the decision from the GHSA," Carney said. "We knew we did something wrong, and we were going to be punished."

Grooms has already publicly apologized for the illegal play -- a pass play where one receiver ran off the field and another receiver came from the sideline onto the field -- that he called late in a game at Effingham County on Nov. 2. Carney said Thursday that Grooms will be punished but not fired by the school.

Evans High School's football team was caught using a radio receiver inside the quarterback's helmet in a state playoff game in 1987. The GHSA fined Evans $2,000 for the offense.

A slap on the wrist....BDOB

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 04:26 PM
I'm of two minds here: he's not a teacher, apparently, so this is his only job, but if it was a singular mistake I'm not convinced he should be fired.

BDOB, it's a mistake in the sense of "something I shouldn't have done," not "I did it by accident." I think he's being upfront here.


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cheat in sports , you'll cheat in everything in life

That sounds too much like an easy answer. (I'm reminded of another post, years ago, where somebody said "cheat on your wife and you'll cheat on your country. I guess making up wisdom is pretty easy.) Sometimes people just lose their heads and do the wrong thing. Other than loving football - and don't get me wrong, I'm a big football fan and I've probably watched more high school football than most people ever will - why does this guy have to lose his job?

 

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cheat in sports , you'll cheat in everything in life

That sounds too much like an easy answer. (I'm reminded of another post, years ago, where somebody said "cheat on your wife and you'll cheat on your country. I guess making up wisdom is pretty easy.) Sometimes people just lose their heads and do the wrong thing. Other than loving football - and don't get me wrong, I'm a big football fan and I've probably watched more high school football than most people ever will - why does this guy have to lose his job?


I think that's not an easy answer. If you cheat you have little if any character.And it's likely to carry on to other facets of your life.

Particularly when it comes to football. I believe that, my coaches use to say you play like you practice. I think football is the best sport to learn character and teamwork. I played football from the 3rd grade through high school. In grade school I played on some bad teams but a core group of us stuck together and by the time we were eighth graders we had the best 8th grade team in the state. And when things have been tough for me I look back at that and I know that if I persevere things will improve.

I don't know if the coach should be fired but there should be penalties against him and should be on short leash so to speak.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 05:21 PM
if they are gonna give detention for middle schoolers hugging... I wouldn't let the guy coach anymore...

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 05:36 PM
Speaking of sideline trickery.

Boise State runs an excellent legal play on Field Goal attempts.

The have one player line up right on the sideline.

If he's noticed, then they just go ahead with the field goal attempt.

If he's not noticed, he goes deep, and the holder throws it to him.

They showed a highlight of this working the other day on ESPN.

what helps is they wear blue uniforms at home, on the dreadful blue field they have.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 06:40 PM
I'm In Aiken, SC with Wayne and I can tell you that is all we heard about this week.

Not only did he do it, but the team more than likely PRACTICED this play.

The coach should be fired and never be allowed to coach again.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 06:45 PM
If you lived in Effingham County could you also say you lived in F$#$%&^Ham County?

 

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  posted on 11/9/2007 at 11:26 PM
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If you lived in Effingham County could you also say you lived in F$#$%&^Ham County?


At least it's not as bad as F*cking, Austria.

We had a whole lot of fun with that about two years ago.

On a related note, I was passing by the liquor section of the grocery store yesterday - that's right, I was passing by - when I saw a display for Effen Vodka.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2007 at 10:10 AM
The coach caught cheating has been relieved of his Athletic Director duties...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/111407/hig_152411.shtml

Lakeside coach out as athletic director

Lakeside High School football coach and athletic director Jody Grooms has been relieved of his duties as athletic director, said Charles Nagle, the Columbia County school system superintendent.

Mr. Nagle, who said the punishment would go into effect today, made the comment Tuesday night after the school board met in a closed session for an hour and 15 minutes to discuss personnel matters, including disciplining Mr. Grooms.

Mr. Grooms has been under fire since he ran an illegal play on the last play of the game in a 7-0 loss to Effingham County on Nov. 2.

"He could be expecting more to come. This was the immediate decision, not the final decision," Mr. Nagle said after the meeting.

He said he will receive a written recommendation from Principal Jeff Carney today or Thursday.

Mr. Nagle said he would like to make his final decision by Thursday or Friday. He said Mr. Grooms would have 10 days to accept or appeal the decision. "This is not an easy thing. This is a decision that splits the communities," the superintendent said. "I am totally embarrassed for our school system."

A standing-room-only crowd, which included the Lakeside football team and Mr. Grooms, attended the meeting. Eight of the nine people who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting supported the coach.

"The play is not defendable, but the man is," said John Tudor, the president of the Lakeside Panthers Touchdown Club.

Will Evans, a Lakeside senior and football player, had to pause to regain his composure.

"The biggest thing he taught us this year was pride," he said. "No matter what we do in life, no one can take away our pride."

Ironically, Supt. Nagle and Mr. Tudor attend the same church as me. ~ BDOB

 

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  posted on 11/14/2007 at 03:02 PM
demoting him from his athletic director position seems a reasonable thing to do.

If he can't run a clean FB program he shouldn't be overseeing other areas of athletics.

And it hits him in the pocketbook.



 

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  posted on 11/15/2007 at 08:37 AM
Now there's a controversy involving my daughter's school and it's athletic director. ~ BDOB

Greenbrier forfeiting two wins

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/111507/hig_152538.shtml

A problem with incorrect paperwork concerning physicals of Greenbrier High School football players has ballooned into a larger issue that has resulted in Greenbrier's Scott Chadwick temporarily stepping down as athletic director.


Greenbrier High School's head football coach Scott Chadwick has temporarily stepped down as athletic director.

"On Oct. 30, 2007 it came to the attention of school officials that Georgia High School Association rules regarding athletic participation might have been violated by the Greenbrier High School football program," Greenbrier principal Dr. Marjorie Hamilton said in a statement Wednesday. "After a thorough review, it was discovered that some athletes had participated without proper documentation of sports physicals or had not been approved for participation by the GHSA."

Columbia County school system superintendent Charles Nagle said the incident will be reported to the GHSA today, and any punishment will come after the GHSA makes its decision.

"This is terrible. I'm totally disappointed in this whole situation," Nagle said. "We don't want to make a knee-jerk reaction. We want to hear from the GHSA first."

GHSA Executive Director Ralph Swearngin couldn't comment specifically on the incident but confirmed any ineligible players who played in a game would result in the forfeiture of that game.

"Because of the oversight regarding eligibility, Greenbrier High School will forfeit its football games played against Lakeside and Westside High Schools this past season," Hamilton said. "Athletic director and head football coach Scott Chadwick has stepped down as athletic director pending the outcome of our investigation."

Greenbrier finished the season 5-5, but the forfeits will drop the Wolfpack to 3-7. Lakeside improves to 4-6, and Westside will move to 5-5. No one involved made the state playoffs.

"We feel comfortable that this is isolated to football, and anything that's forfeited would not affect the playoffs," Nagle said. "It could have been a lot worse in that regard, but obviously we don't condone this and can't accept it."

Chadwick said he was told to direct all questions to Nagle.

 

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