published Friday, October 7th, 2011

TSSAA investigates Signal Mountain High School football program

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    Middle linebacker of Signal Mountain High School Tim McClendon tracks the offense of Bradley High School during the 7-on-7 Passing Camp at Signal Mountain High School on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
    Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association sent two investigators to meet with Signal Mountain administrators and football coaches Thursday to inquire as to the athletic eligibility of a student.

According to TSSAA officials, the player in question is 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior fullback/linebacker Tim McClendon, who transferred from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe during the summer and started for Signal Mountain in all seven games this season.

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said that while the player's residency changed from Georgia to Tennessee, he had not moved into Signal Mountain's zone, making him ineligible to participate in athletics at the school.

"We did have two TSSAA officials on our campus to investigate one of our student-athletes," Signal Mountain Principal Dr. Tom McCullough said Thursday. "That player will have to be withheld from competing until there is a ruling, and that likely won't happen in time for him to play in tomorrow night's game.

"We're looking into the matter ourselves and cooperating with the TSSAA on the matter. It's ongoing."

LFO, Heritage and Ringgold all played their spring games at Heritage on May 21, and coaches from those schools said McClendon participated for LFO that day, meaning he potentially could be ineligible for one calendar year to play for any team outside the zone in which he currently lives.

Under Article III, Section 13 of the TSSAA's eligibility handbook, if it is determined that Signal Mountain played an ineligible player, the program would be forced to vacate all six victories this season. A vacated win is treated from the penalized school's standpoint as though the game was not played. Opponents still would count the losses on their records.

The Eagles went undefeated to win the Class 2A state championship last season in their second year of varsity competition. That was the fastest any program has claimed a title in state history. Because the school's enrollment jumped, the team was moved up in classification during the offseason. The Eagles have district games against Chattanooga Christian and Sequatchie County remaining.

Signal Mountain is 6-1 overall, 3-0 in District 7-AA and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 4A. If the Eagles vacate their wins, their new record would be 0-1 overall and 0-0 in the district.

Under that scenario, with three regular-season games remaining, the best Signal Mountain could finish would be 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the district. If Bledsoe County and Sequatchie County each earns one more district win, those two teams would have three league victories and Signal Mountain would be relegated to a third-place finish. Only the top two finishers in each district earn automatic playoff berths, so the only way Signal Mountain could advance to the postseason would be through a wild-card invitation, which goes by overall victories.

"If they only have three overall wins, I don't see a scenario where they would qualify for a wild card to get into the playoffs," TSSAA assistant director Matthew Gillespie said. "They would be lumped in with every other team in 4A that has three wins and be treated like a team that was 3-7 overall.

"The only way they could still earn a playoff spot would be if two other teams in their district don't reach more than two league wins, and Signal Mountain could get one of the top two automatic bids."

Because the school did not turn itself in for the violation, there also could be a $100 fine per game in which McClendon participated, if he is ruled ineligible.

UPDATE: TSSAA strips Signal Mountain of its six wins

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wcalloway77 said...

Greatness is all over Tim and the enemy is mad. Tim hold your head up high. This battle is Not your it's the Lord's. I have followed his career from little league to now and always been a pleasure. From the little league team the Cowboys to now high school Eagles it's pleasing and exciting. Tim is an amazing athlete/student. Timothy McClendon NO Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper. This battle is Not yours it's the Lord's. I can't wait to cheer for you and your team on next game and college level.

October 7, 2011 at 6:37 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

BUT DON'T FORGET THE VERSE FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES: "ABSTAIN FROM ALL APPEARANCE OF EVIL."

October 7, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.
bsh514 said...

What is it with you Signal mtn people and the enemy? Theyre high school kids, thats why no one in this city can stand you, and leave the Lord out of it. Im sure hes a great kid but alot of people have known for a long time that Signal administration and head coach are not above cherry picking a few players from other schools. The program has gotten a little big for its breeches, you are not as good as you think you are. Get a grip you break the rules you pay the price.

October 7, 2011 at 8 a.m.
twister750 said...

Just because everyone dislikes Signal Mountain for whatever reason you have created in your mind, does not mean you need to bash the coaching staff and our administration. We might not be as good as we think but were sure as hell not half bad. Them boys work year round to get to where they are today and if some people can't handle that, well, your just gonna have to get over it. Tim we love you to death bud. Your in our prayers.

October 7, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
Blueoval said...

bsh514, where does it state that wcalloway is from the mtn? I bet Signal beat whatever school your kid goes to......If they broke the rules yes they will pay the price with vacated Wins..... They won with McClendon and they will win without him. I hope it gets straightened out soon. Go Eagles!

October 7, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
bsh514 said...

I'm from blackmon so no they didn't. It's fun to get arise out of you doped.

October 7, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.
bsh514 said...

I'm from blackmon. I will bash the administration and coach after what they've done on their short history. They send a message that their players can go out and party before the state championship without any consequences and there fans can start fights with teenagers and its acceptable. Real classy program. Hope the Lord blesses your beloved coach price you bunch of dummies.

October 7, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
taytay2011 said...

What goes around comes around is all I have to say. Remember the Soddy Daisy game ????? We sure do. It's about time someone takes a look at that "program"...Good luck to ALL the teams, including the ones that don't play fair.

October 7, 2011 at 9:03 a.m.
rgp410 said...

bsh514... I have read several of your comments, on another post, about the Signal Mountain program.. From your past comment on who painted the SM helmets MJ Foxx. You make a dig at someone, MJ Fox, who has a condition that they didn't ask for to make what point? Because you don’t like the way a football helmet is painted and you don’t like Signal Mountain Football! What an immature and juvenile comment. If you ask me you need to get a touch of reality and understand there are people who do get offended by such comments. I am one of those that didn't like your DIG because I have the same condition that MJF has.... So if you don’t like the way the helmets are painted then blame it on me! Now you don’t like it because someone gives encouraging words to the player that is accused of wrong doing without a final verdict using God to maybe give him peace and a direction. Another immature and juvenile comment! My suggestion to you is that you get some sensitivity training and think about what you say before you put on paper of all to see. By the way I will be praying you too as I paint more helmets!

October 7, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
ldurham said...

Saw the headline and I was shocked. Signal Mountain has an ineligible player? That is really a surprise. I was thinking maybe 5 or 6, but not just one.

October 7, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
dogless said...

I just don't see the TSSAA messing with the federal program of "NO Child Left Behind". If this case gets traction it could open up a huge can of worms throughout the country. This would be a supreme court case, not just a local football player being recruited. And all of this over an after school activity. If he was allowed to go to central would this be an issue? If Signal had won its games by 3 points instead of 33, would this be an issue? Lets not forget that every program has there share of issues. Signal is high profile due to there success. Are we as citizens, fans, parents going to try to be illegibility cops all over the country or just focus on winning programs? It will be a very slippery slope with this one.

I have no dog in this fight, just someone with an observation.

October 7, 2011 at 9:28 a.m.
bsh514 said...

So you're the one responsible for those abominations. Ill get on the sensitivity training Nanna.

October 7, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
mandime said...

Be carefeful soddy your wrestling adoption program will be next.Timmy hasn't moved into the booster club prezs house... that is turning into the Waltons of Soddy. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IS ALL THIS IS GOEagles

October 7, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
fortheboys said...

Sure is funny that a team that has just started can go to a championship and party and no consequences and still be portrayed as a top grade athletic school. SHAME! Just think of the message this school and its admin. is sending to other kids who abide by the rules. StrongCOME ON TSSAA, get with the program and make this an example to show all our athletic kids that doing RIGHT IS RIGHT, and has its rewards. StrongStrongA can of worms has been opened now and all schools should be looked into and given the penalty that comes with breaking the rules. The NO KID LEFT BEHIND should benefit kids not the school....... come on now.. BUSTED PURE AND SIMPLE, NOW DEAL WITH IT!!!! Come on all you kids who are playing by the rules rally behind the TSSAA and get justice, YOU DESERVE FAIRNESS IN YOUR SPORT AND YOUR SCHOOL!

October 7, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
smmom said...

WOW! I cannot believe that there is so much venom being spewed toward Signal Mountain. I guess the old adage "you can't fight stupid" applies here. What is most amazing is that the TFP considers Signal Mountain Football front page headline news. Really? I guess we should be flattered to think that we warrant such attention. I cannot understand how a small community school, that has only been in existence 4 years, generates such important news. I am not here to defend or explain. Doing so would only give credibility to the allegations, which are totally false. I am here to question the journalistic practices of a newspaper that professes to be of a higher standard then that of a gossip page. Perhaps someone at the TFP can explain that to me, or at least make a contribution to our stadium fund with the money earned at the expense of our young men....

October 7, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
whoyou said...

mandime.. what do u mean by soddy wrestling adoption program, you have no idea what ur talking about. how about u just dont comment anymore

October 7, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.
fortheboys said...

Come on Mandime, StrongGet a grip... NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND is for children who are having problems learning not an ATHLETIC benefit. Abide by the rules and you DO NOT have to use the gov. programs to make it seem right. Strong2 FAST 2 SOON, I SMELL A RAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Strong

October 7, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
fortheboys said...

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN is a new school who has rose TO quickly for things to be legally done within. CHECK YOUR ADMIN, you are being watched for sure now lil one...

October 7, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
fortheboys said...

COME ON NOW WHY WASN'T THIS ON THE NEWS.. LIKE THE PARTYING WAS BEFORE AND AFTER THE CHAMPIONSHIP... COME ON NEWS CHANNELS. REPORT IT ALL....

October 7, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
btwjmwcpa said...

Too bad the Freepress didn't do all of it's homework before printing a front page story. The player in question was approved by the TSSAA before the season to play in Tennessee, and since he is zoned to a "low performing school", he got a hardship under "No Child Left Behind" from Hamilton County Dept. of Education to attend any school in the county that he wanted. He chose Signal Mountain (who wouldn't). GO EAGLES!!!!!

October 7, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
Highrydr said...

Yeah and your child left behind just happen to be 6'4 240 and just happened to end up at signal come on get real! Now your gonna cry because he might be ineligible! Cry me a river

October 7, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
art said...

Insert 'Haters gonna hate' animated GIF here...

October 7, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
btwjmwcpa said...

I believe you're th one who is crying Highrydr, because he didn't choose your school.

October 7, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.

Tim is a great kid. He hasn't done anything wrong during his time with the Eagles. Every team has it's up's and down's, including a few high school teenager problems. If any other school was as good as Signal, every team would be picking at their flaws as well. That is just something WINNERS have to deal with. But anyway, good luck TIM! The Eagles LOVE and SUPPORT you no matter what happens! and remember haters, GOOOOO EAGLES!!!!!!!

October 7, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
jfhorton3rd said...

I am surprised the TSSAA would be investigating if they had already said it was ok for the child to play. Why would they need to investigate if as btwjmwcpa said the player was approved by TSSAA to play. That doesn't make sense. The school administration in the article agrees with paper's question. It is ashame for all the existing players in addition to the one in question.

October 7, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
wingsgoalie33 said...

Having been a high school coach and worked within the TSSAA's rules, most of the posters here have missed the point.

Allegations were made. It's the TSSAA's job to look into those allegations. The allegations have to due with the young man's participation in his former school's spring game, as well as his residency.

The young man may have been cleared academically by the TSSAA, but other issues have come to light that do need to be investigated in order for the TSSAA to remain credible. The TSSAA does not go hunting. Someone reported a potential problem to them.

As to the TFP doing their homework, the writer again misses the point. The TFP isn't investigating SMMHS, the TSSAA is. The TFP is merely reporting on that.

October 7, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
MemphisGuy25 said...

Hey Signalmountain518...You don't hear of these problems at Red Bank, Ooltewah, Cleveland, Bradley, or even a little north at Maryville, Alcoa...So don't act like your school is getting picked on. THE PROGRAM ISN'T CLEAN!!!! Clearly Signal Mountain is doing something wrong when there are all these problems that surface...Fight with Baylor, Fight at Trousdale, Drunk Kids and a "tainted" state title, Fight with Soddy, and now playing ineligible playerS...yea Tim isn't the only one...The teams that I listed are just as good as Signal Mountain. They must be following the rules with integrity, class, and respect unlike Wild Bill...

October 7, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
domain91 said...

the tssaa should not be worried about this incident and more worried about other things withen the program. in talking to a student from signal who was bragging about the successes of the schools football team, the student began to almost brag about couple players who had been pulled over for drunk driving and several other players who had run ins with local law enforcement. he was telling me about how the guys had gotten into all this trouble and only managed to miss a game or 2 . if anything this ineligible student issue is just the tip of the ice burg with this football program and its lack of character and integrity.

October 7, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
btwjmwcpa said...

Sorry Memphis guy, I didn't realize you know everything. I'm sure you also know that no other school in the county has any fights, or kids arrested, or kids with drug problems. Wow, I'm so amazed at your big brain.

October 7, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
smmom said...

Again Memphis so much hatred...Why in the world do you have such animosity towards our little school? What has happened to u personally to cause you to dislike anyone associated with our school? Funny thing is, no one here is wasting time concerning themselves with what is going on at other schools. We simply would rather use our energy to support our team and our fairy tail...:)

October 7, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
chattbaby said...

I love this article but we all know there is more than just this one kid who has been recruited illegally by Price and the other coaches. Might want too look at the sports page from last week with player 17 on the front. I can assure you that he does not live on Signal or is zoned for Signal. And the "no child left behind" act would not apply for him.

October 7, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
treetopflyer said...

Fairy tale is what it is exactly Tim isn't challenged he just wanted to go to the powerhouse that seems to have gotten all thegood players out of Hamilton county and north georgia hell why not just go take the best of every team in the area? sooooo dirty!!! does the tssaa even look at their games and how they conduct theirselves? I also believe that the same officials go to all their games dang corruption tssaa please punish them for some reason I can think of plenty

October 7, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
tnfootballmom said...

The TSAA is as reliable as a ponzi scheme

October 7, 2011 at 11:52 a.m.
fortheboys said...

It is not the boys fault that he has been misled to participate in a corrupt program. The kid should not be punished, let him attend any school, but playing sports should be under the TSSAA RULES, and should not be considered a reason for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND excuse to play football no matter which school it is. Look at this Teams record of mishaps.... OMG! When you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you have to pay the piper.. And I hope the TSSAA will show the other Children who participate in any sport that the rules have to be followed or you CAN NOT be called a #1 Team.. No matter what...

October 7, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
fortheboys said...

SHAME ON YOU SIGNAL MOUTAIN COACHES. SHAME SHAME!!!!!!!!!! U KNOW YOU DID WRONG AND THIS CHILD IS GONNA SUFFER FOR IT.

October 7, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
art said...

jfhorton3rd - HCDE approved his change. TSSAA was notified and I can't vouch for their response but I can almost assure you it wasn't no. Probably didn't care until some stuck pig squealed. Love Tim but the W/Ls would have been same with or without him. This has Hatorade spilled all over it.

chattbaby - Buy some property on Signal and your kid(s) can go here too. You don't have to be rich to afford Signal property.

October 7, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
manningforprez said...

This thread and all of the comments are very entertaining. It would be even better if you learned how to spell and use proper grammar.

October 7, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
sportsmom said...

This isn't the only school in Hamilton County to have players live outside the school's zone. I'm sure if TSSAA did any investing, they would find it happens quite frequently. And that most of the coaches in the district actively recruit from other schools and yes...across state lines. It's not right, but it happens. If this was the case, Signal got caught, (probably due to a disgruntled parent or player) where the others haven't yet.

October 7, 2011 at 1 p.m.
LSUTiger said...

Run it up on some more teams Bill. Let Signal compete in the division 2 playoffs with the other mommies, daddies and schools who recruit and try to buy championships. Play BA MBA McCallie Baylor. They are not the only ones though. Alcoa starting QB was at Austin East last year. I hear South Piitsburgs best lineman lives in Cleveland.

October 7, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
ldurham said...

Meanwhile, Dalton High School is celebrating today. Signal Mountain's corrupt football program is keeping Dalton's corrupt football program off of the front page!

October 7, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
toot_toot said...

I am about willing to lay money on it that SMMHS will get away with it all. Along with myself, other people I know have children that have been recruited. They have a special foreign lanugage program that no other school in the county has available. This allows them to have students request to participate in this program since it is not available anywhere else. (This is how they get in without the no child left behind.)

Obviously, there are several ways to become an Eagle! With that being said, I will be very surprised if they get slapped.

October 7, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Humphrey said...

, he got a hardship under "No Child Left Behind" from Hamilton County Dept. of Education to attend any school in the county that he wanted. He chose Signal Mountain (who wouldn't).

FWIW, and I think this actually helps SM's case here, this isn't how the NCLB works. If you are going to a failing school you can petition to go to another school, but you do not get to "attend any school in the county" that you want. You are assigned a school. Think about it, there are so many failing schools around that if students could just pick whatever school they wanted it would never work. Well, it isn't going to work anyway, but you don't get to just "pick" a school.

October 7, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
adolphochs said...

manningforprez said... This thread and all of the comments are very entertaining. It would be even better if you learned how to spell and use proper grammar.

Well, the topic is about a public school.

October 7, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
rb12 said...

After reading these comments and assuming that everyone who posted is an adult, I hope I do not act the way some of you acted in the comments you posted when I am your age. That said, why are few people thinking about Tim? He is what this article is all about anyway. I know him and having this article be front page news is really hard on him. Not only that but he had no idea he could be intelligible and if he was, he would feel terrible because he would feel like he had let his team down. Another point, he is zoned for Brainerd and Signal Mountain gives him a chance to have a better education, is it so wrong that when presented with the chance for that, he chose to take it?

October 7, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
toot_toot said...

rb12, that is the sad thing. He probably didn't have a clue. The adults in his life (not being specific to anyone - so don't take it personally) put him in a bad situation to satisfy their own greed.

October 7, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
Humphrey said...

"Another point, he is zoned for Brainerd and Signal Mountain gives him a chance to have a better education, is it so wrong that when presented with the chance for that, he chose to take it?"

Are there other kids zone for Brainerd, or is he the only one?

October 7, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
reallytruly said...

NEWS FLASH: EVERY GOOD FOOTBALL PROGRAM or great school HAS THIS, check Dalton they have players from outside the city and Murray County. Polk County has players from Bradley, etc.... Yes most rent an appartment or something but it happens at every good program. You don't see players transferring in to LFO or Howard, the reasons are??? The school or program is not attractive to them.

October 7, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
nowfedup said...

Really hate to bring reality back into TN, but TN is at bottom of education lists. While it may burst some ego bubbles, cut back on the media and other profits from games, way past time to put HS and college "Sports" in perspective as to priority. Right now "The sports" starts up Friday with HS, goes college on Sat, and Sunday for Pros. Frighteningly, there is starting to be less and less difference between how they are described, reported and hyped. There is also a huge increase in the number of HS deaths/injuries, and climbing. PBS had great show about TX HS football programs and they are being abused, and way over emphasized with kids moving to get on teams,etc. So just a tiny suggestion, in these times where education, real education is critical to our futures, when education funds being cut, class sizes increase. let's all take a deep breath and redefine what the product of our systems is supposed to give us. I see nearly zero interests in the academic side of education, probaly no big profits for media there. But remember that those nations whipping us in education, economic growths, real jobs with living wages, health care and real competitive education, do not have state, regional "champs" or bowl games to determine best school. Time to turn back the gain on sports, where less then 1/2% ever make a dollar off it and back to real world class competitive educations.. or we lose. Simple as that, amazed at how what is open cheating by coach, now defines how great the school and play is supposed to be, let's get back to the books, please, that is the point of education, not entertainment and profits for a few/

October 7, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
reallytruly said...

The reason this is on the front page, 57 comments. More interest than any other topics.

October 7, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
GrouchyJohn said...

All of you people claiming that the school built a program way to fast and in way to short a time are FAILING to consider just exactly where Signal Mountain is and where its athletes went to school before.

Signal Mountain for years and years sent its athletes to RED BANK. Red Bank won a state football championship in 5A just a few years ago with many many Signal Mountain athletes as star players. Add to that the basketball teams, the volleyball teams and others and you have a core of great athletes. When Signal Mountain started its own school, it did not start out as a rookie school, it had a massive core of players to build from. Red Bank is no longer the overwhelming powerhouse it was, simply because so many of Signal Mountain's fine athletes no longer go there. Don't simply take my word for it, look it up.

THEN you insert an excellent coach that played and coached under Red Bank's Finest (Tom Weathers) you wind up with a winning combination that simply picked up, moved, and continues the winning ways it was doing at the base of the mountain 2 years before.

Stop being fools and claiming it happened way to fast.... it didn't... It just elevated itself about 1000 feet and simply kept on kick butts and not worrying about taking names.

BSH514, if you go to BLACKMON (sic) (by the way, the correct spelling is Blackman) you shouldn't embarrass your school by opening your mouth. You simply show your ignorance.

October 7, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
reallytruly said...

GrouchyJohn, good point but I don't think all these great football players that Signal has are actually live on Signal or would have gone to RB. They are coming there from other schools districts which is totally legal with the TSSAA. They are coming there because its a great school, great coaching, great facilities, better education and I have NO Problem with it. It is the way it should be.

October 7, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
anrm said...

The TSSAA should do better investigating before they rule a kid eligible. If the coach turned in the paperwork and the TSSAA looked into it and ruled him eligible then that should be it. They shouldn't wait until week 7 to reinvestigate. I understand that there could be new evidence but if they performed a good enough investigation in the first place then it wouldn't be new.

October 7, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.
hummer said...

Someone stated that he was zoned for Brainerd....if that is true then he should not be at SMMHS anyway....the paired choices for Brainerd were Ooltewah or Soddy Daisy....so how did he end up at SMMHS.

October 7, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
James101 said...

Theres ALOT of Hot women that live on Signal Mtn... And some are Cougars and like cheating on their spouses.. Im just sayin...

October 7, 2011 at 5:58 p.m.
fortheboys said...

It is a SHAME this KID has to be in the middle of this turmoil that has been created by greed and adults. Like it was posted earlier SHAME ON YOU COACH!

October 7, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.
SCHSCOUSINLOVIN said...

yeee budy dem rich folk on signal shurr got showed ddntt they? wth them outta the pictrue my indians will finally make the playoffs!

October 8, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.

Notre Dame has a chance at state now!!!!!

October 8, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.
Signal4Ever said...

Tim Mclendon was confirmed to attend Signal Mountain due to hardship. Should he have to choose between playing football and having a good education? If he attended Signal, he should be able to play there. I'm sorry if some other people or schools have grudges against Signal Mountain, but what if this were happening to you? Everyone started to turn on us after we kept winning. If you want to lecture us about sportsmanship, learn how to lose gracefully first.

October 8, 2011 at 11 a.m.
polinc said...

Other schools can learn to lose gracefully by watching your basketball teams get inhialated and beat by 40. Why don't you learn to lose gracefully by accepting the fact the world has rules? TSSAA has rules and your school broke them. Take this chance to show us how to lose gracefully. Oh, I forgot, in your "world" on Signal there are no rules.

October 8, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.

Hey guess what!?!?! I heard Signal's Cricket team is made up of people who don't even live in this state! let's gettem!!!!

October 9, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
victrix01 said...

Memphisguy25, I just wish you knew as much as you think you do.

The fight with Baylor: this fight was started when their assistant coach Eric Westmoreland came out on the field and took a swing at a Signal Mountatin player, but I guess that is okay since it is Baylor.

The fight at Trousdale: the altercation at Trousdale did not include any of the football team it occured when a Trousdale fan came out onto the field and tackeld the Signal Mountain mascot just because they can.

The fight with Soddy: What was again left out of all of the media hype was Soddy Daisy started the altercation again after starting one earlier with both Central and Cleveland in the same day. Also the student who was punched was done so after he hit the parent in the back of the head who was trying to seperate two players. Oh but that's right, nobody else but somebody from Signal would just react when being attacked from behind.

Last but certainly not least: drunk kids... Really, you think kids in every school across America does not drink? Better than that, the alligations were not overlooked they were handled by the administration, and the coaches.

Signal Mountain gets such a bad name from people like you who only know what goes thru the rumor mill and what the press "chooses" to release. Get a grip on life and on reality!!!!!

October 9, 2011 at 10:58 p.m.
orangenblack said...

Bottom line, every school that has success in sports "cherry picks" athletes! How many softball girls have been "relocated" to SD for that program? I dare say that even my program has "picked up" some players over the years. You don't win state championships in FB without a little help. RB was really good someyears ago, did ALL those players live in RB? Don't worry about it Bill, just come back and play hardnose FB and chalk this up on the board as a learning expirence! EVERYBODY that has been a winner has done it! I bet anything that some of Central, East Hamilton, and the Owls are in violation right now. Someone check em out, I bet you will be surprised! Go luck to the Eagles! See next year! Its been NICE having some competition in the area!!!!

October 10, 2011 at 4:50 p.m.
saywhott said...

I feel badly for the young man in the middle of this situation, however that doesn't excuse the downright disgusting behavior I've personally witnessed from other SIGNAL MOUNTAIN fans, players, and parents. Signal has proven to be poor losers AND poor winners. I watched as fans taunted, cursed and insulted the visiting fans. I've seen a coach pay players of a visiting team for money stolen from the visiting teams locker room,no doubt to keep things quiet. I've watched as visiting players jerseys are pulled from signal mountain garbage cans, where some classless signal teens put them. I have NO respect for the Signal Mountain athletic programs. I feel badly for the young men and women placed in the position they are because of greedy over-indulging parents. These are however the youth of the future that will get away with crimes and poor behavior because their families have the money to buy them out of their trouble! I fully support the "shame,shame" on the coaches and parents...they KNOW what they are doing and they know they are wrong! They are just too caught up in their greedy ways to see how they hurt society as a whole by their disgusting actions! Go greeedy eagles...get yours!?

October 11, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
alphapythia said...

A hardship is not the same as No Child Left Behind. A hardship is granted when a child has a special needs; such as a disability, or a special education need like ADHD or gifted needs, or an emotional or social need, such a complicated family and custody situations including abuse cases. I don't know or care why this young man was granted a hardship, but I do know the implication of this ruling is that disabled students who attend a school best suited to their needs will not be allowed to participate in sports. It's heart breaking that anyone cares enough about HS football to even consider that.

October 13, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
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