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      HEAD COACH OPENING 2018   11/01/2017

      CONFIRMED HEAD COACH CHANGES IN 2018 Lafayette Central Catholic;  Don Collier  Kankakee Valley:  Zack Prairie  Valparaiso:  Dave Coyle  Evansville North:  Brett Szabo  Hamilton Southeastern:  Scott May Peru:  Bob Prescott  North Daviees:  Scott Helms  Evansville Central:  Andy Owens  River Forest: Austen Robison  Shelbyville:  Pat Parks  Cathedral: Rick Strieff

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  1. 26 points
    GID friends, I hate to sound needy. But in all honesty, I’ve got a tough week coming up. This coming Friday I expect to work a sectional final someplace. That game will mark the end of my 40th - and final - season as an on field official. Officiating has been such a significant part of my life for such a long time. It’s hard for me to visualize what life will be like without it. As my last game approaches, I know I’m going to be bombarded with many different feelings, Although I’ve known this was coming, it’s still hard for me to believe. But it’s getting real now. I’m sure I’ll have more to say as the week wears on. I have an awful lot of people to thank. But right now I’m alternating between disbelief and a mild depression.
  2. 13 points
    I want to thank the GID community for the outpouring of congratulations and good wishes I received in the past week. And I wanted to tell you about the greatest night any official ever had - my last game. The day started pretty well, with a personal letter from Commissioner Cox congratulating and thanking me, and also inviting me to “use my expertise to assist the IHSAA, going forward.” I’m going to find a way to take him up on that. Then it was time to get going to my game. The crew showed up at Penn last night to work the sectional final vs. Warsaw. As any official can tell you, Penn is a great place to work. They could put on a clinic for other schools on how to treat Officials well. When we got out on the field, the first person we saw was coach Yeoman. For those that don’t know him, this is not only a great coach, but a first class human being. With a sectional championship on the line, all he could talk about was how happy the people at Penn were to be a part of my last game. I should have expected something like that from such a class organization. The game proceeded uneventfully through the first half. As I was coming off the field at halftime, I heard my name being called and there was my beautiful wife. She had gotten off work early from her job in Chicago and driven 100 mi. to Granger with two of my oldest and dearest friends to see my last game. I was completely surprised. It got pretty emotional then. At the end of the 3rd quarter I jogged down to the other end of the field where we would start the 4th period and waited for the referee and umpire to spot the ball, when I realized everyone in the place was standing and looking at me. The PA announcer called my name and began explaining to the crowd that it was my last game after 40 seasons. He started running down a list of my accomplishments, honors, awards, etc. It was very nice, but sort of embarrassing because it seemed to go on and on. My crew chief had cooked this up with the Penn Athletic Department during the week, unbeknownst to me. And then, the most magical thing happened! All 22 of the players on the field came over to the sideline, shook my hand, congratulated me on a great career, and THANKED me for my contributions to high school football. THEY THANKED ME! It should have been me thanking them, and all the other coaches and players over the years who have granted me the privilege and honor of allowing me to be a small part of their high school football experience. I thought I’d seen everything that could possibly happen on a football field. But I never saw anything like that. And it was happening to me! The fans in the stands behind me would not stop clapping and cheering FOR ME! An official! So, I finally turned around, acknowledged them and tipped my cap. i have to admit, I remember very little of the rest of the 4th period, until there was about a minute left. As I watched the last 60 seconds of my career tick off the clock, Coach Yeoman walked over and put his arm around my shoulders and thanked me. I was, literally, speechless. My wife met me as I walked off the field, and we walked away into the night... as it should be. And now, it’s on to the next chapter, whatever that is. All in all, a fabulous send off that exceeded anything even my imagination could have dreamed up. Now, it’s on to whatever’s next.
  3. 12 points
    I've seen this sentiment expressed several times, in several different ways ... that the 15 players who turned in their equipment were "standing up for their teammate," I can see that, but I can also see a different point of view. What if you were one of the 60-70 players on that team who didn't turn in their equipment, who didn't threaten not to play in their sectional opener? How would you feel about your teammates deserting you and leaving you to face the mighty Kingsmen at half strength. Didn't those kids have an obligation to the rest of their teammates, too?
  4. 12 points
    A fight appeared to break out between some BR players with just under 9:00 in the 3rd. People remarked they were fighting on the field. Never saw the start of it but people pointed it out to me. I stopped paying attention frankly assuming it was resolved....and just not wanting to watch it. Shortly afterward there was a fight on the sidelines. I saw one person down...there could have been more. Per folks around me, at least one person that was down was a coach who had been punched by a player (didn't see a punch.....just saw someone down). To be honest when something like this happens it's difficult to tell those who are fighting from those trying to break it up. About that time Chatard coaches began to flag (somewhat urgently) their players towards the buses (it appeared the officials had called the game). Chatard players began running toward the buses. About the same time, several BR players began running in the same direction (towards the BR locker rooms). Chatard coaches then tried to flag the players back. Ultimately, they headed toward the buses. The game was clean but was lopsided and I'm sure frustrating for the BR players. No PFs on either team. A couple of holds and a couple of off-sides on both teams but absolutely no chippiness that I saw from either team. I know that some might want to make some assumptions about this but frankly, there were 21 BR players (total) that I counted -and they were terribly overmatched. I counted two (yes.....two) people sitting in the stands on the BR side. Bear in mind, BR was potentially looking at the last FB game ever to be played at the school along with 21 players and yet only two people (at least from what I saw) there to watch. I'm not making excuses for something inexcusable but I can't help but have a lot of sympathy for those kids and coaches. I've seen it in other places in the past (Northwest, Manuel) where the kids are out there playing a game they literally have no chance in and the stands are empty just emphasizing that no one except they and their coaches gives a d@mn about them. Frankly, I was there as much out of respect for both BR and what that football field meant to my kids that had considered it their (shared) home field. It was going to be a sad evening for me but I was terribly saddened to see BR football end that way. I'm no bleeding heart....but what I see in games like this and what I wonder what it must be like for some of these kids breaks mine. Edit - my wife tells me there were 8 people on the BR bleachers. 6 more people were located at the end of the bleachers that I, apparently missed. Per the Bob Lovell show, at least two were media folks. .
  5. 12 points
    For what it's worth. Take this for what it might be worth. A Birdie told me that the School Board got involved and forced Coyle to reinstate a player he had dismissed from the team. If, and I say "IF", this is true. As a present School Board Secretary, we Board members should stick to doing our job, and let the Administrators, Teachers and Coaches do theirs. Our job as Board members is to develop policy and assure that school employees follow said policies. Not get into micromanaging every employee's decisions. Rant off.
  6. 11 points
    Those officials must’ve really held GS back. No way Memorial would win otherwise.
  7. 10 points
    I wonder what would have happened if the school administration had told the seniors that turned in their gear in protest that they had in effect quite the team and were no longer eligible to play in the Penn game and that by quitting the team they also did not finish the season in good standing and thus would not be eligible for any post-season awards such as varsity letters etc. I feel like if the coach had to be held accountable for his actions then these senior players should have been held accountable for their actions.
  8. 10 points
    Nobody gets into teaching and or coaching for Money NO ONE
  9. 9 points
    Outside of 4A what class has really been affected as regards P&Ps? 1A-3A have the same teams. Frankly, 5A is simply the old 4A. Cathedral and Roncalli play in the first round of Sectional. The winner plays Columbus East (occasionally East Central or Reitz who remain in 4A). The winner of that game usually wins State. Columbus East was the better team this year and should win. The story would have been the same if they all were still in 4A. At this point, if P&Ps aren't winning it has nothing to do with the success factor. They simply are getting beat by better teams. If people want to magically attribute that to the success factor then you are simply disrespecting the quality of teams like Columbus East and Pioneer.
  10. 9 points
    Man, I got a "downvote" for a question.....rough crowd!!! If the coach acted in an unprofessional manner that warranted a termination, then I have no problem with that. I was not there, so I have no idea. I would think that maybe there was some bad blood there to begin with but who knows. All I ask is if the student who clearly and knowingly was in the wrong with his action also received a consequence. To be honest, I would be okay if they fired the coach for his actions, suspended the student who refused to honor the coach's wishes and school board appointed rule, and put away the seniors pads who turned in their stuff early. Athlete's have a right to have their voices heard but saying "if I don't get my way, I quit." is unacceptable. If you want to threaten to quit, I will hang your pads up for you. If you want to have a mature conversation and talk about what we can do as a team to make this better, let's grow and talk together. Teaching kids that they can threaten to quit and give them what they want is a horrible example to set. Not knowing all the exact details. this is just my opinion based off of what I have read and what I am witnessing with the youth of today.
  11. 9 points
    My first question with these type of things that are being said from fans/parents of current and past players is this: Was any of these concerns that are being lobbed about after the fact brought forward during the fact to the Head Coach himself by any parents of said players? Did Administration conduct end of the year review of HC ? Does HC give end of year review of his assistant coaches? Had their been other conversations with admins and HC prior to this season? During the season? Any issues during Baseball seasons? I guess I get jaded how easy it is after the fact, when you go onto the ole social media machine and now EVERYONE has a story or didn't like this or that about a Coach, how he did this and that to their kid. How much value does that actually have AFTER the fact? If there were legit concerns, did those concerns ever get communicated to people prior, during any season, practice, game? I have never heard a bad word spoken about Coach Coyle amongst other coaches and multitude of family members of mine who have resided for many years in Valpo community. Seeing these type of things go down over the years I find it interesting to say the least how many voices show up after the fact. For the record, only thing I am basing this off of is the 2 articles I read in the Times/Post no other information or "insider" stuff like its being reported on comment sections and twitter responses and also in this thread.
  12. 8 points
    A sincere thank you to the brave men and women that have served and continue to serve. Your service and sacrifice are greatly appreciated!
  13. 8 points
    That doesn't count. That was before the current GS coaches invented football.
  14. 8 points
    Here I was thinking it stood for "irritable bowel" :)
  15. 8 points
    I'd generally suggest reading all of the posts first though it might not change your opinion....but, at least, act like you are paying attention. Thoughts as regards some of the other "great" points having been made: 1. Lots of stupid rules p#ss me off...some a helluva lot more consequential in my life than not being able to go to a game I couldn't play in. Some cost me 100s of thousands of dollars. Some cost my kids more than you could possibly imagine in hurt and pain...newly made up rules in their case. Life is jam-packed full of stupid rules. Believe me, missing a football game in the stands is pretty miniscule. This "standing by my "bros" crap" excuse I have seen from others is...well crap. Some of this drama/tragedy seems like something I'd attribute to a bad soap opera. 2. Reschedule the surgery if you want to stand by your "bros" - it would appear your season is over anyway. If you can go to the game that same day it must be minor surgery...kind of like wart removal. Though, apparently it is season ending...apparently. 3. The season had at least one more game at home. Didn't Penn play Valpo AT Valpo (maybe I am wrong)? It wasn't like the week prior was the last game he would EVER see his "bros" at his home field. NOW, I have made just as an uninformed response as some of you. I admit it is just as fully uninformed...but, at least its logical based on the information we have seen cited. As I have said, there is likely SO much info we don't really have here. I am arguably the biggest sentimentalist, teary-eyed guy here but I think Gonzoron may well be right as regards an "Entitlement Attitude". I truly wonder what most of the kids on the Valpo team will say 25 years from now. Will they say "We had a team that had a chance to make it to a State Championship except for a bunch of "prima donnas" who forced our coach to resign because he refused to break the school rules for a player who wanted him to break them "? Will they say, "I am so proud that we lost a chance to go to the State Championship because I threatened to quit the team because the coach refused to let a player sit in the stands because the coach was following the school rules and we forced him to resign"? Extreme alternatives, maybe. But don't tell me its about the "kids". My guess is there might be a few more kids on that team than the one who wanted to sit in the stands (and could have stood on the home sidelines the following week) and those who walked out - and they ain't the Founding Fathers. Sorry. I get teary-eyed about the rest of the team.
  16. 7 points
    That isn't the issue. NOBODY wants to see two 9 - 0 teams playing each other in the first round of ANY sectional. THAT, is what nobody wants, Mr. Commish.
  17. 7 points
    I like that Shotgun Wing T stuff, I hear it works out pretty well.
  18. 7 points
    Ditto on your own post? Meaning that you still agree with yourself? Or did you #1 have to convince you #2 and now both of you are on the same page?
  19. 7 points
    MD did indeed play @ Danville in 2000 Semi-State. I can tell you from that experience, you will not find a better bunch of fans & hosts. Everyone we met was a class act and went out of their way to be friendly and helpful from the ticket takers to the concessions folks. Mater Dei was fortunate to come away with the win and at the end of the game, the entire Danville team formed two lines and made an exit for the Mater Dei team. Danville held their helmets up while MD players walked by and they congratulated the entire team. I have never seen a classier display of sportsmanship on a football field and will never forget it. Best of luck to the Tigers next week. Wish I could be there but it will have to be in spirit only. Hopefully this game will be streamed online as well. Anyone with info, pls post.
  20. 7 points
    A bunch of fans with a chip on their shoulder.
  21. 7 points
    man this looks like it could be a 6A schedule and the Irish are just a tiny 4A school. How ever do they survive.
  22. 7 points
    There may be something I’m missing here, but I wanted to offer the following as food for thought: change the JV eligibility rule from 5 quarters to 3 halves. The current rule is often sighted as to why starters have remained in the game late into blowouts. This would easily solve that issue at seemingly no cost. Thoughts?
  23. 7 points
    Man it's like crickets in here. Some need to come eat their crow.
  24. 7 points
    Myself, I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. Play till the whistle blows and the clock shows 00:00. Don't forget that there are seniors on that losing team. That in all likelihood have just played their last game of organized football. Maybe it was for the chance to get some of them in the game, or just one more play. One thing I do know is that both schools have pride and class!
  25. 7 points
    Memorial got "lucky" again. Pulled out a win against the far superior team.
  26. 7 points
    I would love to see those in support of the player, try to be a coach. Sounds like you would give special privileges to some and not others... See where that gets you... It's so much harder than you think. Lets just agree that the situation stinks for all involved. None of us really know how we would have reacted in the situation.
  27. 7 points
    Jeeez people, Jim Crow? Comparing them to the Founders? Dial it back a bit. Some of you guys must need an oxygen mask to breath on those high horses. My guess is there is a ton more context here than any of us know. Aside from that, just when did Coaches get to make the call on what school rules they follow on any given day? Can the principal? Can the superintendent?
  28. 6 points
    Or the “work harder” phrase the public teams were told.
  29. 6 points
    They should make Southridge play in their own tourney.
  30. 6 points
    I had no dog in this fight, but after reading 5+ pages of comments, I have one question, has the line for the crow burgers started forming yet?
  31. 6 points
    This is funny , When we lose to an MIC team , it's because our schedule is weak, we're not used to playing good teams . When we beat an MIC team it's because our schedule is weak, we have an easy road in the Playoffs . I would Bet Penn's Sectional opponent (Valporaiso)is better than Noblesville and just as good as Lafeyette Jeff , Carmel's 1st two playoff opponents .
  32. 6 points
    Stinky, Stink, Stink 1.2..3... Late response I know but I was recovering! It was a good time down in the Ville, & STC will be the first to admit, those blue & white Tigers are for real! STC would love to go to Danville this week...but the crew and I are not allowed back there after last year when we destroyed their Tepee! Stink will go on the record and say, the crew and I will take the Memorial Tigers all the way! If you all should make it to the Oil Can, know this....we will hook up and party hand in hand! For this weeks game: Blue Tigers Forever - Warriors & Tepees NEVER!!!!
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    This guy's tale would make Odysseus blush. Click on the link below to see all that this young man has attempted to overcome in the past year. http://circlecityconference.com/2017/11/09/delumpas-story-determination-is-hard-to-comprehend/
  35. 6 points
    The Ridge has brought more tears to Catholic eyes than the Spanish Inquisition.
  36. 6 points
    "IB" the PAC Champs win this battle. And "IB" this will be a battle. The Titans were tested by a tough VL team last week and that is what they needed to convince themselves and all the "IB" chatterers to really believe and eventually be "IB".
  37. 6 points
    Deleted all of my remarks. I simply give up. Go Valpo folks! You are the (very sensitive) future! I'm buying Chinese language lessons in preparation.
  38. 6 points
    A few years ago, I had a contest where the HC (still coaching now) said the same thing to us in pregame. I was floored and astounded. If we ever cross paths again I will NOT bring up that situation, as is NOT my intent to put him on the defensive. Why, is an extracurricular activity so important to parents and students? Neither one of your lives is THAT dependent on sports....ACADEMICS is the answer!
  39. 6 points
    So because it wasn't covered heavily it wasn't a big deal? There's a murder a day in Chicago that doesn't get near the coverage that kneeling NFL players get, does that mean one is a bigger deal than the other? Let me put it this way, how many times have you seen a player (especially at the high school level) punch out his own coach on the sideline and then subsequently have the game called because of it? If you've seen it a lot than yeah I can understand why it might not be a big deal. But the fact is this doesn't happen often, it's a big deal and a black eye for the school and IPS in general.
  40. 6 points
    So the HC in your opinion, who was reportedly following the school rules, deserved to have to resign due to multiple players making a stand by "quitting" but they wouldn't quit if he quit first is a good way to handle this situation in season.
  41. 6 points
    Haven’t you heard? It’s no longer acceptable to use that metaphor. Hurts peoples’ feelings.
  42. 6 points
    I’m happy to look at anything you send along, and give you my opinion. But I have to say that reporting that it is “fact” that the officiating crew had a “vendetta” against one team makes you look like a dope. But by all means send me some video. I suggest you do it in a private message, and I’ll reply the same way, so you’re not publicly embarrassed any further.d
  43. 6 points
    What’s interesting to me about LaPorte football is that they’ve done it in a way that is exactly opposite the direction most other high school programs are going. Instead of spreading it out and throwing it, they are going full house, double tight, and just pounding it. Really throwback football. Sort of refreshing...
  44. 5 points
    Ben Davis is so untouchable that they were trailing at the half twice in the tourney ultimately pulling away to win semi comfortably vs LC and eeked one out vs 7-4 warren central. Also winning by 18 vs their 'rival' Carmel at home the same team that penn just trounced at carmel. Of course mic teams with the losses that warren ( trinity+ mic schedule) and lc and carmel( trinity+ mic schedule) had were excusable because of the strength of their conference which i sort of agree with . But strength of schedule of your opponent isnt always indicative of how good your team is . Columbus east doesnt exactly play too rough of a schedule and they won comfortably over the irish. O forget it .... .. . ...Penn just turn in your pads don't show up you can't win , you won't win ...... the season is over.
  45. 5 points
    I'm just shocked that he posts something besides Ben Davis 2017 State Champs .
  46. 5 points
    Seriously.. you don't think we know it's over? Jeez.. we're just doing some comparison with what we saw when we played the team they are playing Friday. I thought we were here to talk football? If your team if out it's against policy to keep talking football? I think I've done nothing but shed some light on Providence to the Southridge folks.. same for Fountain Central with Eastern Greene. part of that is the fact we played them. Unlike so many others on the Gridiron.. I don't fold up tent and bail once my team is gone.
  47. 5 points
    You heard it here first ... PAC sweeps SIAC tonight! GO RAIDERS and GO TITANS!
  48. 5 points
    In view of my pending retirement, a number of people have asked me about memorable games over the span of my career. There are obviously so many that there’s no way I can recount … or even recall … them all. But here are some that stick out. In no particular order … 2006 Sectional Championship – LaPorte @ Penn. Penn went into the game a heavy favorite at 9-2, having lost only to powerhouse Cleveland St. Ignatius and in overtime at Ben Davis in week 2. Penn had also won 11 straight Sectional Championships. But on a cold evening before a packed Freed Field, LaPorte used a punishing ground attack to best the Kingsmen 27-7. A lot of shocked faces in Granger that night. 2003 5A State Championship – Penn vs. Warren Central. This was the Desmond Tardy game. He ran through, around and over the Kingsmen for a state championship record 300+ yds. rushing as the Warriors crushed Penn. Warren’s defense was led by “Brick” Graham, who later went on to play at Michigan, and who laid thunderous hit after thunderous hit on the black & gold. That’s still the best high school team I ever saw. 2007 4A North Semistate – Ft. Wayne Dwenger @ Lowell. Before a packed house on a frigid night at the Inferno, these two teams engaged in one of the most intense, physical high school games I ever witnessed. It was smashmouth football at its best. It came down to a Lowell field goal in the last 30 seconds, as the Red Devils eked out a 10-7 win. My ears were ringing from the sound of the collisions in that game. 1988 Regular Season – Portage @ Hobart. One of the first big games I ever worked at the old Brickie Bowl. Hobart had lost at home the week before in a shocking upset to Chesterton. And now Portage was coming to town, and they were really good. They ended up really putting the wood to the Brickies, 21-8. Their second consecutive loss at the Brickie Bowl was the first time that had happened since WW II. Coming off the field that night with a police escort, I learned a bunch of new words … a lot of them from grandmas who had, apparently, previously worked as longshoremen. 1998 Regional Championship – Portage @ Penn. The 12-0 Kingsmen were heavily favored, but the Indians didn’t know that, or didn’t care. Portage took the opening kickoff and scored almost immediately on a long run, and went up 7-0. Penn couldn’t move and punted on the ensuing possession and, on first down, another long TD run for Portage put them up 14-0 and we were only 5 minutes into the game. On the ensuing possession, Penn had 3rd and long and their QB rolled right. I was with him and a Portage player chased him all the way across the field. Just before he got to the sideline, the Penn QB unloaded the pass and the Portage kid put two hands in the middle of his back and shoved him across the Portage sideline and on to the track. I had a flag for roughing the passer, helped the Penn kid get back on the field, and then asked the Umpire “what happened to the pass?” Of course, Portage intercepted it. The foul wiped out the interception and gave Penn a first down. They went on to kick a field goal and that field goal ended up being the margin of victory, 23-21. Craig Buzea, the Portage coach, looked at me when I explained the roughing the passer call and all he said (and Buzz could be quite loquacious when he chose to be) was “it better be on the film.” Fortunately, it was.
  49. 5 points
    My favorite bad weather game is from 2015's semi-state at home on Lake Michigan. It snowed and sleeted all day and we basically played on frozen turf. I attached a couple of pictures - one is us celebrating the win but you can see the field in the background covered in snow. People tried to shovel off the yard lines and hash marks... it was a chaotic evening. People dubbed the game, "The Ice Bowl". We won 14-7 to propel us to the state championship. The other picture was taken by a father who owns a drone. You can see just how close we are to Lake Michigan. We frequently get terrible weather in late October into November. Back in 2005 we were playing our rivals Clark HS in a torrential downpour. We won 6-0 but it rained constantly all evening - sideways rain. Later that evening, I heard the weatherman talk about Lake Effect rain - never heard of it before. It didn't rain anywhere else that night but Whiting. Kind of crazy.
  50. 5 points
    Record is irrelevant. Some teams play inferior opponents. 7-2 Covenant Christian vs 2-7 South Putnam Result: South Putnam 40 Covenant Christian 15
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