Posted by BLZ Bubba on June 10, 19 at 11:31:25:
In Reply to: Re: Kerry Taylor fired for Cheating posted by ASUSD1984 on June 09, 19 at 13:55:09:
I only know what I've seen in the news - no personal knowledge. Apparently there are concerns about recruiting and illegal practices. The school self-reported the incidents to the AIA. The AIA has also issued a warning to the school. Taylor also seems to have a lot of support from the parents, coaches, and players and may well be reinstated this week.
I'm not privy to any evidence of wrongdoing other that what has been reported.
There seems to be a divide over the issue of off-season "voluntary" practices and how some of the parents are upset about their summer vacation conflicts with these practices and how failure to show up for these voluntary practices may or will result in a player's inability to garner playing time. As far as recruiting goes there wasn't much written about that.
The first article I read indicating that he was "fired" is linked below.
As someone else stated in this thread, these voluntary practices are a tricky issue. If the AIA limits the number of organized team-lead practices that teams are allowed and the players are required to show up for voluntary practices in order to play are these really voluntary? I can't answer this question because I really don't know the rules that well nor to I know all the facts.
I assumed that the school investigated and fired Taylor for breaking the rules because they had self-reported themselves and let him go. There also seems to be a distinction between getting fired and not getting renewed. The paper initially used the term "fired".
Here is a link to another story from 6/5/19 and updated 6/6/19 wherein it was stated, "Arcadia's football program had been given a warning by the Arizona Interscholastic Association at its last Executive Board meeting after the school self-reported that there were recruiting and mandatory, out-of-season practices under Taylor's watch in his first year.":
Sorry, I can't post 2 links in one response so you'll have to cut and paste.
As I mentioned in other posts I have no axe to grind against Kerry. I was merely going by what I read about the school self-reporting. Sounded to me as if the school administration made a determination that he had crossed the line. That was my assumption.
My intention was to engender a discussion about overlooking ethics when a popular personality is involved and also about the importance of winning. The Taylor situation seemed to me to me an excellent example for this discussion. Surprisingly, nobody seems to be interested in this aspect because alas, nobody has commented on this (much to mu chagrin). I'm not as concerned about the example of Taylor as much as I am about the underlying issue which I feel is a growing problem in our culture today.
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