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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. 24 points
    Many of my coaching pals knew I had this opportunity come my way and now I can OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE to tune in on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 for the 1st episode of the 35th Season of WHEEL OF FORTUNE!! I was selected for Teacher Week and filmed back in late JULY!! Check your local listings !!!
  3. 21 points
    Yesterday was a tough emotional day for me. However, I am in a good place with the decision that I made. There are a few reasons why this decision was made, but first and foremost it came down to family and the time spent away from them. I love my players and the coaching staffs I have been fortunate to coach with and was honored to be with all of them! The past 8 years have been truly a blessing for me and my family! Pike is a GREAT place to work! Wtih all of that being said, I didn't leave to take the job at Plainfield. First off, it isn't open! Secondly, Brian Woodard has done an outstanding job there! Thirdly, and most importantly, Brian is a friend and for someone to even hint that I left Pike for Plainfield isn't fair to him, his staff, his players or his family...Its reckless and uncalled for! He doesn't deserve that type of disrespect. Good luck to all those fortunate enough to be playing this weekend!
  4. 19 points
    Personally, as a bro coach, I'm compensated in flying chest bumps and tweets.
  5. 19 points
    Here's the deal ... he said something as simple as LCC and RCHS have been playing since the 40s or the 50s. He didn't say that LCC won a state championship in a particular year. And frankly, even if he did, who cares? He wasn't saying it to be disrespectful or to one-up someone else. He offered it as a tidbit of info to show that there has been play between these teams for more than just LCC's recent stint in the HC and as part of the history that a lot of HC programs share. The issue at hand is that somehow, you saw it as some kind of disrespect or an opportunity to "show him" and I merelt saw it as a fellow HC member sharing some history that he found. My guess is that 98% of the thread saw it similarly. It wasn't a challenge or a ruffled crest or a beaten breast. As for being on the same side, that's subjective. Do I like the Knights and support them as much as I can? Sure. To that extent we are both on the same side. To the extent that I see everything as a challenege and as a swipe, we really aren't on the same side. Sure, there are folks that hate LCC, but there are also some that are indifferent, and others still that, regardless of what color jersey they wear, share the same types of goals and admiration for fellow gridiron warriors because we are a special breed. And yes, here I am going to be very biased in saying that football players are a special warrior class that share a bond that I think is really hard to understand completely until one has strapped on a helmet and gone toe-to-toe with someone. We tell the kids that every day and we tell them that's the kind of stuff that always binds you to the guy on the other side of the ball regardless of score and regardless of school colors. While you see everyone against us, I constantly hear from our rivals how much they wish they could get their programs to the level where are kids are. How much they appreciate the sportsmanship of our players ... going as far as to call both youth and varsity Knights the most polite rivals that they have ever had the pleasure to bang heads with. I have had coaches drive up from Indy just to watch a youth game and tell me how impressed he was with the kids. While you think the whole world is against LCC, I don't see it as the whole world. I understand that there are a lot who stand against us, but that won't make me shut out those who would stand with us or even just want to talk general football. Maybe I have been a little more snippy to you recently, but I'll be quite honest with you, it's because it's getting old. There's a time and a place for battles and most of the fights that I have seen you fighting are a lot of times in your own mind or taken to a level way beyond where it was ever originally expected or intended to go. There always has to be a last word, even if it means taking the oiriginal post way out of context to manufacture a new area to address. Please forgive me as I am an older man, but my level of patience after three plus seasons has kind of reached it's point.
  6. 16 points
    Perhaps they struggle with the English portion of the SAT?
  7. 15 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.
  8. 14 points
    Truly, truly going to miss seeing Coach L leading the Trojans. I'm an Indy import but he was there during the most formative times in my kid's lives. He IS the "Chatard" that both they and my family knows. His influence on the life of my children is indelible. An important part of what they are and will become is what he helped make them Seven State Championships in 14 years. That statement stands fairly alone in the history of Indiana HS football. It stands minimally in light of the future fathers he helped guide. Over half of Chatard's current State leading 13 Championships came under Coach Lorenzano's leadership. He's truly defined and left his stamp on the program. As incredible as that is, Coach L "brought a swagger" and "inspired everyone" to quote my oldest son....long since gone from Chatard. That same son, today, walks with that inspiration and swagger he got from "L". I suspect he will always walk so. Those State Championships dwindle in light of those truly, truly tough, inspired kids who swagger in his wake. Lives and generations beyond will be touched by that....long after the medals and rings fade. Coaches touch most of our lives as kids. They give us so much more than they gain...that's why they are such special people. They certainly touched and molded mine many years ago in HS and College....but much, much moreso in HS. Whatever they receive, they give back tenfold. Even so, it's a rare coach that touches the parents so deeply as well....as Coach L has done within our family...along with some other wonderful coaches at Chatard (other than Dad, perhaps the biggest male influence on my youngest son was his Freshman line coach). Though it's inadequate, all we can do is thank you Coach. Our family has a special place in our hearts and thoughts for you. Edit - apologies for the overlong post. I could have written a book, though, on his behalf.
  9. 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.
  10. 12 points
    Illinois banned professional tackle football years ago.
  11. 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?
  12. 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. .
  13. 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.
  14. 12 points
  15. 12 points
    Shhhhhh Nobody cares about those facts because it doesn't sensationalize like the great sport of Football.
  16. 12 points
    SERIOUSLY?? If you cannot achieve and earn a 2.0 then NO ATHLETIC TEAM should be a priority.
  17. 11 points
    Let the parents decide whether or not they want their kids playing tackle football, and keep the government out of it.
  18. 11 points
    My wife and I use one of these at home....oak provincial headboard and all. I find her to be more coherent and lucid. Thanks Guardian!
  19. 11 points
    The fact that Dwenger has bounced 4 of our best teams I've coached out of the playoffs in the last nine years proves that it would NOT be a lateral move football wise. However, the point is moot. I didn't just give lip service when I stepped down. I'm going to be coaching my 4th grade son and his friends for the next few years! In my eyes, that's not a lateral move either. I just want to hang out with my kids while they still want to!! As for Dwenger, I have a ton of respect for the Saints. Better men than me have done both, but I'm happy to step back and be more involved with my family. I'm young--plenty of time to coach on Fridays again if that's where the Lord leads me!
  20. 11 points
    Those officials must’ve really held GS back. No way Memorial would win otherwise.
  21. 11 points
    I would like to appeal the the folks behind this wonderful message board to create a sub-forum to be moderated and lead by DrivenT. I think sometimes his hot takes get lost in the wash with other threads taking attention away. I would suggest that the sub-forum be titled "Hey kids, stay off my lawn" - with DrivenT.
  22. 11 points
    Showing excitement by fist pumping and cheering on your players, is not a "Bro Culture". You can be a leader of Young men and Grown men by creating a culture in which kids and people want to be in. It does not mean that you treat them as peers. It means they understand that you care about them and can rejoice in a moment with them, you aren't afraid to celebrate their successes. I have found in my years of coaching that I am a much better coach when they know I care, rather then when we have dictitoral type of relationship. None of this means there is not discipline and order. You all would hate watching Westfield play. We celebrate with our kids all the time. We even celebrate a turnover and try to be enthusiastic as possible at all times. We have built a team dedicated to family, service and hard work. Our numbers continue to grow from the youth leagues up. Our mission statement is to "make playing football at Westfield one of the most incredible experiences of your life." We take kids to College game, to a haunted house, we host a Special Olympics football camp, we have won the Indiana Blood Drive 3 of the last year, we have raised almost $50.000 for cancer. Oh and by the way, we won a State Championship and were runner up once. We won 4 sectionals in a row, won two regionals, won 2 semi-states. We fist bumped and chest bumped and encouraged all the way in all of these endeavors! We are in the business of building young men who will be future leaders and what a great forum football is to do that. Building leaders doesn't have to be mean and uncaring. Read the book, " Lead for Gods sake". Read, " The Energy bus". People will follow those who they know care for them and root for them. The do as I say because I am coach days are over. I for one say " Thank GOD"!
  23. 11 points
    Always my favorite threads of this time of year.......... Rinse Repeat
  24. 11 points
    The school board does not have every right to weigh in on hiring decisions. The school board's role is school policy, not administrative. The administration is responsible for interviewing and school board DOES have final say. But if the school board declines a hire, they are showing not only lack of confidence in the hire, but a lack of confidence in administration. That is a major problem. The ultimate decision to keep a coach or teacher should ultimately lie with the principal, AD, or superintendent.
  25. 11 points
    School boards do not hire and fire people. You have administration in place to do that part of the job. Your school board is in place as a system of checks and balances for your Superintendent and to make Corporation decisions. Extra curricular and teaching hiring and firing are not in their job description. However some boards show disrespect to their administration and over step their boundaries!
  26. 10 points
    This is not a post for political discussion I am just posting this to honor this incredible man and I know there are many fine coaches in our great state just like him. May he forever Rest In Peace http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/14/florida-high-school-football-coach-reportedly-shot-while-shielding-students-from-gunman.html
  27. 10 points
    Really? Congrats I knew about 9 days ago what do I win? The point has always been, LET THE PROCESS PLAY OUT and WE LET THE COACHES/SCHOOLS make the announcements themselves then have at it. Been that way since the founder of the site. Think about this. You are student/Parent at Mount Vernon, on Monday you see on the GID that Kirschner is going to be the HC. The news grows and grows, but boom, something happens and it doesn't come to fruition on either side. Then what?? I have seen it happen over the many years I have been involved around here. Snags at the board level, change of mind, news breaks before coach had a chance to talk to his own team, etc etc. Nobody on the GID gets a cookie for being "first to report" we are not in the breaking news business around here.
  28. 10 points
    I thought your bro culture had something to do with how coaches interact with their players. This was a fight. How is this the same thing?
  29. 10 points
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  31. 10 points
    Thanks for this. I had not been able to put my finger on why Coach Streiff decided to retire. Clearly, it's the success factor. Must have been what ran Coach Scifres off, too. It's all coming together now.
  32. 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.
  33. 10 points
    Nobody gets into teaching and or coaching for Money NO ONE
  34. 10 points
    Who logs the time? Is it just time spent at practices? Man if I got paid $22 an hour for everything I did football wise, heck even $5 an hour if I was allowed to count Film, meetings, Staff meetings, at home film, JV games, evaluating Middle and Freshman games, post Friday night games where I am downloading film, stats, etc. I would blow out my current stipend which is VERY GOOD.
  35. 10 points
    Most of us who have coached at any level have most likely been there at one point or another very light and funny comedian John Christ says what most struggling FB coaches are thinking Its been tossed all around social media if you haven't seen it take a min and watch pretty funny stuff!
  36. 10 points
    That didn't take you long......what a week??? Lets see in a week you have managed to highlight the "poor' programs in the state, advocating removing football from schools, called for multiple head college coaches to be fired already or on the "hot seat' This place has not changed from the days of Coach Tim Adams as it pertains to coaches and their families. We allow what is reported, nothing more, nothing less. I know shall go in the shame corner for allowing myself to get *%#!?*ed into the DT vortex of ridiculousness
  37. 10 points
  38. 10 points
    How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?... Yeah... Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
  39. 10 points
    At the youth level, I'd disagree with this. Yes, you always strive to have the kids win or attempt to win, but ultimately, for youth players, it should be about fundamentals, working with others, growing individually and as a team, and fostering a love/appreciation for the sport.
  40. 10 points
    I would start the player who gave my team the best opportunity to win a game.
  41. 10 points
    Nice article about John Harrell, it focuses on the basketball side, but the Football community owes this man a great deal of gratitude. http://www.ibj.com/articles/62140-lopresti-the-unlikely-nerve-center-of-indiana-high-school-basketball
  42. 10 points
    I don't understand this move. Granted they're independent, but the don't have to put together the schedules they do by consistently playing some of the best around in Indy and Cincinnati. IMO, stepping down to 5A is like saying they want to seriously challenge themselves in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when hardware is on the line. They'll probably run through 5A next year with an average margin of victory around 25 ppg.
  43. 10 points
    I would put significantly more value on the opinions of the coaches than the opinions of the media.
  44. 10 points
    I, too, thought it was ambiguous. I cannot believe that anyone in his right mind would "commend" the quitters. And I know these are high school kids and, by definition, incapable of thinking through all the potential ramifications of things. But petitioning to get their coach fired with at least two games remaining? That is stupid and dishonorable even for teenagers.
  45. 10 points
    This kind of thing happens when the game becomes about the coaches and not about the players. There's nothing as exciting as grown men tricking 12 year-old kids. They probably patted themselves on the back for two days.
  46. 10 points
    Roncalli donated a pitching machine to Howe a few years ago. Roncalli also forfeited a girls softball game to Marshall when the Rebels were leading 21-0 after the first inning. Roncalli spent the next two hours working with the girls from Marshall on the fundamentals of softball. Now that's a class school and program.
  47. 9 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.
  48. 9 points
    Of course you're not. I can claim that the earth is flat, but that doesn't make it the truth. Have a nice day.
  49. 9 points
    Just found out that, due to an injury to one of the officials scheduled to work the game, I've been assigned as a substitute and will be working the back judge position. Throwing a bone to the old guy in his last go around. Very nice. Should be a lot of fun.
  50. 9 points
    My father always told me about getting his "bell rung" when he played football. He didn't come out of the game. Now, he likely would not have had a choice. He would have come out, and they would have made him sit until he passed an impact test. We have made great strides in the area of player safety since the 1950's. It's horrible when we lose a young person playing football. It's horrible when a young person is killed in a car accident or by suicide. It's horrible when someone is taken before they have a chance to live. It's up to the parents to determine what is best for their child. If a parent believes his son or his daughter should not be playing a sport, then I don't fault them at all. That said, I could step off the curb and get hit by a Fed Ex truck. I could have a heart attack because I love McDonald's hash browns. We accept the risks because we love to live. That's part of life is that we are mortal. My thoughts go out to the family of this young man who recently passed likely as a result of injuries playing football in NY.
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