Just What We Needed

As if Pittsburgh sports fans needed another reason to get rabid about high school football, along comes Sports Illustrated and rates Central Catholic the #11 team in the country.

For an instant, I was diverted from musing on the phrase "athletic intent" in WPIAL investigations of student transfers. But only for an instant. For starters, if we have to live with that bizarre phrase, is it possible to change both a presumption and a burden of proof? If a student plays a varsity sport at school A and then moves to school B, let's assume (presume, in legal jargon) that athletics are at least a big part of the decision. Then put the burden on the student (that is, on the student's family) to demonstrate that the move was made for some *other* reason. "Athletic intent," whatever that is, becomes a given.


1 Response to "Just What We Needed"

Mark Rauterkus said... 9/05/2006 9:27 PM

I would do away with all transfer penalties. They suck.

Same too for recruiting.

A girls High School basketball coach was knocked out of her season as the team was in the playoffs for RECRUITING a kid, in 8th grade, to WESTINGHOUSE. She should not be penalized -- rather -- given a raise.

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