published Friday, October 21st, 2011

Signal Mountain High School's TSSAA appeal set to be decided today

Tim McClendon, a senior running back/line backer for Signal Mountain High School, stands on the sideline as teammates practice at their home field. McClendon is under investigation by the TSSAA for living in a district outside of that which feeds SMHS making him uneligible to play on the team.
Tim McClendon, a senior running back/line backer for Signal Mountain High School, stands on the sideline as teammates practice at their home field. McClendon is under investigation by the TSSAA for living in a district outside of that which feeds SMHS making him uneligible to play on the team.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- What was expected to be a routine eligibility appeal took on more of a courtroom feel as attorneys representing Signal Mountain High School and the TSSAA verbally sparred for more than two hours Thursday in a ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel.

Typically at eligibility hearings, the TSSAA's Board of Control members will ask questions of a coach, athletic director or athlete to determine whether to grant or deny the appeal. But once it became clear that Signal Mountain would be represented mostly by attorney Clancy Covert, board members remained largely silent and allowed TSSAA attorney Rick Colbert to handle most of the questioning.

"That's what happens when you involve attorneys," TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said. "That's their right to be represented or make whatever presentation they want."

Signal Mountain officials hope to regain at least some of six football wins they were forced to vacate when the TSSAA ruled on Oct. 7 that Eagles senior linebacker and running back Tim McClendon was ineligible. The appeal hearing lasted nearly three hours, and the board met behind closed doors for an additional five hours before deciding to postpone its vote until this morning.

While there are nine board members, only six heard Signal Mountain's appeal. Sequatchie County principal Tommy Layne recused himself to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, since his school plays in the same district as Signal Mountain. Another board member, Ike White from Memphis, did not attend, and there is one vacancy on the board after the recent resignation of Maryville's Lynn Brown.

While Layne did not vote, he did sit in on the hearing. After having his name and his school repeatedly pointed to by Covert as the team that would gain the most from Signal Mountain having to vacate the wins, a visibly upset Layne stood to defend himself and his Dunlap school.

"This guy here [Covert] is questioning my integrity and my school's integrity," Layne said loudly. "All the involvement I had was to speak with Mr. Childress about what I had heard. If you want to question my integrity you can come here and do it any day of the week."

After a brief exchange with Covert, Layne sat down and the meeting came to a dramatic close.

Besides the question of McClendon's eligibility, Signal Mountain officials expressed their displeasure with why TSSAA directors waited nearly two weeks before letting them know there was a potential problem.

"My question was, why didn't anyone let us know there was a question about Tim's eligibility on Sept. 22, when the TSSAA was notified?" athletic director Patty Lane said to the board. "We didn't get the phone call until two weeks later. I wonder why we didn't get that phone call as a courtesy?"

After the meeting, Childress said the TSSAA was disappointed with those remarks, saying the entire staff was on the road during the week he was first notified there could be an eligibility problem. He said several staff members were attending the state golf tournament the following week and then gathered to discuss the issue.

"I can say honestly that we were notified by numerous administrators that we needed to look into four student-athletes who had transferred to Signal Mountain," Childress said. "We were told that [Coach] Bill Price had bragged they had recruited them in because they were good players. Any time we get a tip with the word 'recruiting' we first have to determine if there is enough evidence to pursue it.

"We determined that three of the four kids we were tipped off about were legitimate transfers but that there were enough questions about Tim McClendon to follow up with an investigation. It's not our policy to tell any school why they are being investigated or when we will be there. We call them, usually the day before, and once our investigators arrive, they make the school aware of why they are being investigated.

"There is no certain time frame that we have to work in to let a school know that they are being investigated. We do that in as timely a manner as we can, but the bottom line is, for any school, if you don't break a rule, you don't have to worry about how fast the TSSAA notifies you."

Covert was introduced as a Signal Mountain parent and resident, but it quickly became apparent that he was serving as the school's legal counsel when he addressed Colbert early on as "your honor."

"I guess I just gave away what I do for a living," Covert joked as the entire room chuckled.

Among the 15 or so people who attended the meeting representing Signal Mountain were Tim McClendon, the player in question, and his mother, who both testified. Also testifying before the board were school principal Dr. Tom McCullough, Price, Lane, assistant coach Shane Roberson -- who has served as McClendon's mentor at three schools -- and school board representative Chip Baker.

Roberson detailed his relationship with McClendon, explaining he had become somewhat of a father figure since meeting the teenager as his middle school math teacher. He told the board that McClendon transferred to Signal Mountain for educational reasons, saying the senior had a better chance of graduating in an environment where he could receive additional help in class.

Price told the board that he had filled out the online eligibility form, explaining that he had filled out similar forms throughout his 28-year coaching career and never before had to attend an eligibility hearing for one of his players.

"A couple of weeks later [after filling out the form and submitting it], we received a fax saying the student was eligible to compete in all sports for the 2011-12 school year," Price told the board. "If the TSSAA says a kid is eligible, you don't have to file a hardship. We never got notification that he could possibly be ineligible until two weeks ago.

"The TSSAA investigators never spoke to me. I'm the one that filled out the form, but I was not included when they came to the school to ask questions."

Colbert asked Price if, after marking that McClendon had made a bona fide change of residence, he had checked the TSSAA bylaws' definition of "territory" to ensure that the player lived in his zone.

"No, sir," Price said.

The TSSAA's definition of a student-athlete's "territory" or zone was at the core of the discussion throughout the day.

"There is a lot of vagueness, a lot of gray in that definition," Covert told the board. "According to your definition, [McClendon] is eligible to play. All we're asking for is to take the time to look at the definition. To single out Signal Mountain is a problem because I would dare say our interpretation is the same as a lot of other schools."

When asked about that statement, Childress smiled and said, "Their interpretation of 'territory' is far different than what we've used ever since it was written into our bylaws."

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ladylovecol said...

The last time I heard of so much controversy over a high school athlete was back in the 70's when Charles Morgan and Reggie White were feshmen and both Baylor and McCallie were "recruiting" to get them. Their mothers and fathers were alumnus of Howard High School and they both chose to continue the tradition and attended Howard. I wonder if Mr McClendon weren't such a good ball player would Signal Mountain still be as interested in him or is it just for what he can do for them on the field that will also increase their monetary benfits for the athletic department?

October 21, 2011 at 4:28 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Colbert asked Price if, after marking that McClendon had made a bona fide chance of residence, he had checked the TSSAA bylaws' definition of "territory" to ensure that the player lived in his zone. "No, sir," Price said.

This exchange obscures the meaning because of the confusing words "marking" and "checked," and the incorrect word "chance." Can somebody please lend me an editor? (Partial redemption for using the word "ensure" correctly.)

October 21, 2011 at 6:52 a.m.
ldurham said...

ladylovecol, I can help. Signal Mountain boosters will tell you that the school has several minority students who are bused in from the Howard zone, which is paired with their school under NCLB.

What they won't tell you is that this young man lives in the Brainerd zone (making him ineligible to attend Signal under the rules), and they went to the trouble of going to central office to request a hardship transfer for him to attend Signal (the 5th time he had changed schools since 9th grade).

To this point, they have not been able to identify any other students, particularly out-of-zone non-athletes, for whom they have gone to such great effort to get into their school.

They will tell you they rescued him from Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia, a Blue Ribbon school which awards diplomas to about 300 fine students each year. They say the tests were too hard there, so they wanted him to come to Signal where he could graduate. And I hope he does. He seems like a fine young man, who would do well to disassociate himself from adults who have given him really bad advice during his high school career.

October 21, 2011 at 7:40 a.m.
wingsgoalie33 said...

Signal hired lawyers to go up against the TSSAA? Great move. It worked so well for Brentwood Academy.

October 21, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
redandblack said...

Go Eagles!!!! We're pulling for you. Win or lose, you're #1 in our eyes.

October 21, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.
wingsgoalie33 said...

See? There's no need to get those wins back. Their own fans have said so. They don't need the playoffs or a hunk of wood with a piece of shiny metal on top to tell them they're number 1. Thank you redandblack.

October 21, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
fpsub said...

Signal has a Nashville School of Law attorney going up against a Vanderbilt graduate and a University of TN Law School attorney. I bet Brentwood Academy at least hired bigger guns for their fight back in the day.

October 21, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

Any other 'front-page' news on-going?

October 21, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.
ElleEmMo said...

SM and SM's attorney seem to be taking liberties with the word 'territory' a la Pres. Clinton. "It depends on what your definition of 'is' is." Oy vey. Stick a fork in this already...

October 21, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
fortheboys said...

The use of BULLYING is crap. PROVE it! It should be documented somewhere if this happened. I agree with the TSSAA that if you do no WRONG you have no reason to worry about being ivestigated.. Get over it and lets move on.

October 21, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
redandblack said...

You have to wonder what the front page coverage will be like and will a record number of papers still be sold.

October 21, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
fortheboys said...

And when you think about it the travel from Brainard to Signal every morning, how, who and why would you do such with gas prices like they are. I am sure his parents do not make that good of money, especially when you work food service.

October 21, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
fortheboys said...

I agree elleemmo.. great comment. and they mentioned 4 players? where are the others at and what happened to their appeals?

October 21, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.
redandblack said...

Some people do go "above and beyond" to protect, educate and take care of their children. Wouldn't you?

October 21, 2011 at 9:33 a.m.
ldurham said...

redandblack: Please tell us the stories of the other Brainerd and faraway out-of-zone children (non-athletes, please) that your school is protecting, educating, and taking care of. Do you have room for more? I'm sure hundreds of Brainerd students would love to take advantage of the chance to graduate from Signal Mountain where the motto is, "Our tests are easier than Lakeview, so Send 'em to Signal!"

October 21, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
MountainAir said...

hcirehttae said... Colbert asked Price if, after marking that McClendon had made a bona fide chance of residence, he had checked the TSSAA bylaws' definition of "territory" to ensure that the player lived in his zone. "No, sir," Price said.

Why would Coach Price go check the bylaws for the definition of territory when the question was, did the student have a bona fide change of address? If Hargis is reporting correctly the question didn't ask if he was in the territory.

Also I decided to check the TSSAA handbook and in their section 12 Eligible Transfer Students this is what I found in paragraph "C. The student changes schools as a direct result of re-zoning or reassignment of students by the local school system;"

They seem to use zone and reassignment in the handbook but there isn't a definition for either.

Just saying I don't think this is as clear as some may believe or may want you to believe. Guess that's why no decision after 5 hours yesterday.

October 21, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
art said...

There are 41 out-of-zone students - 3/4ths (or more) of them are not atheletes. Why do you have so much hate and bitterness toward SM? There has to be a deep seeded reason. Whatever the reason, you need to let it go because life is too short to be a bitter old man/woman.

October 21, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
nodawg said...

If you were a college coach that is looking for a running back, would you choose a young man that has been to five school in four years or go for a back that has been more loyal to one school? What would be the chance that the first back leaves your school the first time trouble comes up?

October 21, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
redandblack said...

ldurham- I am sure if there is a student who desires to attend Signal and proper paperwork is filled out and they are approved, as in this case, whatever their needs, they would be happy to have them. They do have outstanding teachers who care about education and their students. You've got the motto wrong, but what's new with your facts? The test in question is one that the State of Georgia students must pass before graduating. The State of Tennessee does not have this test.

October 21, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.
ldurham said...

Thanks redandblack, that will hopefully encourage many low-income, out-of-zone, non-NCLB, non-athletic students to take full advantage of the Signal Mountain success story.

By the way, I thought that Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe also had outstanding teachers who care about education and their students. Have you heard differently?

And if LFO's graduation test is so strenuous and difficult, are there hordes of other "Georgia students" who are crossing the state line and asking for the Signal Mountain hardship?

October 21, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
nowfedup said...

How about a radical solution? Cut down the level and funding for HS "sports", same for college "sports". Step back, take deep breath and look, "HS-College Sports" is way out of control. This was, is supposed to be "Sports for kids" and is way beyond that. Our education systems across nation, TN is at bottom, need funds, improvements, teachers, labs, supplies and more. USA is 37th in sciences, math, and competitive world class subjects of 48 industrial nation. USA overall is 25th. This "Sports" thing at educational levels is not much more then media event, where everyone but the students make dollars. We even have at college level what seems nearly Corp accounting on how much is raised "by the game". I am sorry folks but USA is no longer educating at tough demanding levels it needs to grow ant compete in hi tech, and it seems even low tech. Plants moving to USA for nearly third world low wage workers as home nations workers become better educated, hi tech. I noted in all the baying and howling of TSSAA etc none seem to recognize this whole sports thing is a bit to obsessive at a time when teachers/schools fight for dollars to educate. Sadly all the crap about "On to TN teams etc" where "recruiting" is even worse and has NO relationship to education, announced by sports media as if it is pro ball. I am sorry, as one whom worked way through college degrees, did not bother with sports as to busy getting education in the tough courses, AKA lots of homework, labs etc. I am sadly disappointed in this sort of thing and consider it student abuses. Most of "Team players" are victims, often "Passed" at min levels if that. Stats are less then 1/3 of 1% ever get real job at pro levels, most end up as car or such sales, uneducated. We abuse these kids with the hype of "you are so important" then we discard them, uneducated at best, no jobs skills, treated like race dogs, until they loose. Kind of sad how we do not push academics with 1/10th the vigor and foolishness we do sports. Look about, college/HS, this has reached the levels of losing nation. Our education emphasis on sports., mimics Rome-Greece their worship of gladiators as they started to fail.

October 21, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
fan said...

It's official TSSAA has denied appeal, probably not a surprise though..... Someone said an appeal has never worked in the past.

October 21, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
redandblack said...

ldurham -- I am sure there are many outstanding teachers in all the schools. Let's hope so. Every child needs the opportunity for a good education. You'll have to inquire with the State of Georgia to find out if and how many students cross lines to Tenn., Florida, S. or N. Carolina to attend school. I'm not privy to that info. Anyway, win or lose, Signal is a winner in our eyes. That is the way everyone should feel about their school. GO EAGLES!!! You're #1.

October 21, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
smmom said...

I have a son on the team, so this has been a very emotional two weeks. I am interested to know why some of you (idurham) are so involved in what happens to Signal Mountain. Does the outcome of this have anything to do with you personally. Apparently you are very bitter about something or someone associated with our football team. If not, I am sure there are many other things going on that could use your energy. In response to wingsgoalie33, we don't "need" a trophy to feel good about our boys. We already have a shiny one in our trophy case. It is right next to the three girls golf championship trophies. The same championship that Mr. Childress was attending during the eight days he was away from his office and wasn't able to contact any one from Signal......Maybe he could have mentioned it right after he presented the state championship trophy to our principal. Many of you on here seem to be very bitter about the success of our program in such a short time. I understand that. I have stated many times however, that our signal family is much more concerned with our own children and school than to waste any time concerning ourselves with what is going on at any other school. So again I raise the question of what exactly has been done to you personally to create such animosity.I am very new to this area, so I could care less about the old rivalries between the private schools or those people that were anti signal building a high school. I am just very fortunate to be able to reap the benefits of years of dedicated people on the mountain. I am also extremely proud of our boys, especially Tim. This has been very hard on all of them. Our Signal Mountain Football Family is very strong. We will continue to be strong. We are unified behind Coach Price. We are unified behind our team. We our unified behind our school. We will get through this together. WE ARE EAGLES! WE ARE CHAMPIONS!

October 21, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
Gmfe3 said...

love smmom

October 21, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
motherof2sons said...

Signal Mountain says they want to help a child who by his own confession has trouble in math, english and reading but hopes to do well enough to graduate. His mentor/father figure and assistant coach Shane Roberson "who has served as McClendon's mentor at three schools since meeting the teenager as his middle school math teacher" helped him get into Signal Mtn. If he was his mentor/father figure, why is McClendon doing so poorly in math, which is the subject Roberson teaches? Roberson has been at 3 schools with McClendon but he still struggles in math! Is that not a "red flag" that would prove the fact that he is only there because of football? I hope the TSSAA sticks by their origianl decision to take away Signal's games and I hope without football that McClendon doesn't fall through the cracks at Signal.

October 21, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
fan said...

smmom,they have declared him illegal, agree or disagree that is the ruling, we all have to live with it, every team that plays Signal Mtn. will be affected by Sigal's action, so there is a reason people have interest, just like any team at any level is interested in whether or not a player plays, Alabama is interested in wheter Tyler Bray is playing, LSU's the honey badger player can't this Saturday either a pretty big deal

October 21, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
Facts said...

The frustration expressed against Signal Mtn is not based on just the "envy" being portrayed by parents, coaches & staff. We had two boys go through public school. Both played sports. Both got into their share of mischief & were punished. Both also had to contend with students "bused in" from other parts of the city were violence was accepted in the home to settel disagreements, where substance abuse was normal, where profanity was part of the average conversation, etc. Our boys dealth with it, didn't seek isolation, and function as well-adapted young men today. What Signal Mountain portrays is, "We're an exclusive community & don't want this & that", "We deserve our own school, despite the fact we choose to live in a place that was removed from the trappings of society, like retail shops, zoning, etc.". Signal Mountain is proving itself to be exclusive, isolationist, and preparing a group of young adults to escape the reality of a culture and world that has difficult situations, adverse conditions, and "reality". For those of us "non-mountain" citizens, we wish you well on Wisteria Lane. Just understand, there is a real world that the majority of our kids have to face or have faced in the public school system that our taxdollars fund. It is a bit frustrating to see that my taxdollars have assisted an exclusive network to form their own private school with the expectation to only follow the rules when they like them.

October 21, 2011 at 11 a.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

FACTS: you obviously don't know many "facts." Signal Mtn Middle-High School was funded mainly by the Mountain Education Fund (MEF). The MEF had been working over 10 years to get funding to build the middle-high school. One of the leaders of the MEF was himself a 2nd generation McCallie alum who sent his kids to McCallie as well because the middle-high school was not built by the time they got to that age. There's nothing wrong with a community raising money for over a decade to help build a state of the art school that many multi generation private school families would send their kids to. I went to McCallie, and though I currently live in Soddy Daisy, I hope to move to Signal within a few years so that my 10 month old son can one day go to SMMHS. Even my wife who went to Soddy prefers that our son either go to Baylor or McCallie or that our family moves to Signal so that he can go to SMMHS.

So get your facts straight about how much fundraising and hard work went into getting SMMHS built. There weren't a whole lot of tax dollars that went into that building, and the people who helped fund SMMHS also pay their fair share of taxes that help support all of the other schools in our county.

October 21, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
Facts said...

I stand corrected, but if you can show us that Signal Mountain is not a public school and should not have to follow the same rules that any other public school, I think all of this goes away.

However, we've seen fighting, drinking,rampant drug use and now this to be seen as the new normal and accepted at Signal Mountain.

I can honestly say that I would never have wanted my boys to go to Signal Mountain or any school that is run in such a manner. Our young men are very adapted, in leadership positions in their companies and well-adjusted in life because they learned to deal with reality along life's road.

Again, I wish you all the absolute best in protecting your kids from the "non-mountain" culture that "wins".

October 21, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
art said...

Facts - you have a pretty high and mighty attitude for being "non-mountain". Did your children get up at 5am to catch the bus so they could take the 45+ minute ride to school - oh and since there wasn't a local pick up, did you make the 10+ minute drive to get them to their bus stop by 6:10am? Or did you get up extra early so you could get them there by 7:15am? And if they did any after school functions, did you leave work early so you could pick them up when it was over? Maybe you raised your own property taxes so you could build your own school? You don't seem to want to put your money where your mouth is. Do you really know what life is like on the Mtn or is your stereotype good enough to suffice? Do you know any SM kids now that they are older? I do and I think they turned out just fine.

Back to the story...Sorry Tim that the adults have let you down. I hope you forgive and go on to prosper.

October 21, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
moosepudding said...

Sick of arguing with thoughtless idiots. Win or lose, GMFE.

October 21, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

FACTS: drinking, partying, and fighting goes on at ANY school, public or private. I had just as many stories about busted parties and fights from my time at McCallie as my friends from Red Bank, Baylor, Notre Dame, CCS, and Soddy Daisy did. That's a part of life... that young people will at times make bad decisions that can have major consquences on their lives. The greatest things about my childhood on Signal Mtn was a great sense of community, my church having a great youth program to lead us and teach us how to become oustanding people and citizens, and my parents sacrificing their BUTTS off to raise me in a safe, positive community and then to ultimately give me the best educational opportunity at McCallie. It wasn't easy for my parents, and I thank them so much for their sacrifices as I am 4 years into my job at an excellent company that does business in all 50 states and is about to go international AND as I complete my Masters of Business Administration. My parents, the Signal Mtn community, and McCallie did very well for me. It's great that Signal Mtn families can send their kids to a public school and not have to pay thousands of dollars a year to give their kids an great education! There's no need to for everyone to hold a stereotype and have utter hate for Signal because the community has many successful, hard working parents and families. Most people on Signal have EARNED what they have in life. Signal doesn't have a rich history of wealthy families living there for generations like Lookout does. There are terms such as "old money" and "new money." If you HAVE to classify Signal as one, it is "new money." I could give you countless stories about people from Signal that I know sacrificing to give their kids great opportunities and how the adults that live there now came from modest and even poor families. They took advantage of life's opportunities and did well for themselves.

October 21, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
TDMan said...

A glance at the Sequatchie High School website reveals that there are four other Laynes either on the faculty or administrative staff. Since Tommy Layne is the principal is this a mere coincidence, or is this nepotism? For the undereducated nepotism is the hiring of one's relatives. By asking the question I am not questioning the "eligibility" of any of the Laynes, or whether they live within the school zone.

October 21, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
ldurham said...

So anyone who debates "the Signal Mountain way" is a hater. Gee, I don't hate anyone. I love all children, especially those who are trying to better themselves, in some cases by escaping the wrong crowd in their neighborhoods.

By all accounts, Tim McClendon is one of those kids. He escaped to LFO, and for whatever reason, he says it didn't work out. So he escaped to Signal Mountain somehow as well. And now the Signal Mountain moms are bragging about how he's one of "our kids." That's great.

But, Signal Mountain, can you really pick and choose who you want to rescue? If a busload of Brainerd students who are not star athletes can get those mystery hardships, will you rescue them as well? Or was this a one-time, football star offer?

If you're willing to open your doors to help all the other lost children, your reputation will be salvaged. If not, then we know how Tim really got into your school. It's that simple.

October 21, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
footballmom said...

That's it...TDMAN..Turn the attention off Signal Mountain! Layne is not a popular name at all is it? The Layne's you are referring to is.........NEVER MIND IT IS NOT EVEN WORTHY OF AN EXPLAINATION!

October 21, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
Facts said...

As a nurse, my wife works prn (on call) at a local hospital that works with rehabilitation of drug abuse. I can tell you, she sees a lot more students from one school than others in the last year and a half.

No high and mighty. Just know that there are a lot of adults who focus more on "fixing" things for their kids to build up their self-esteem than worrying about their spiritual core and the reality.

As a disclaimer, we sent our oldest son to McCallie for two years. He did well academically, but pornography, drug use, and an unhealthy environment on status was what we experienced. He and his younger brother had a great experience at a local public high school.

October 21, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
fpsub said...

Let me educate you TDMan by extending your definition of nepotism to hiring friends as well as family. I'm sure there are teachers and staff at Signal that procured their jobs through some type of connection, but those take more than a quick web search to trace.

October 21, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
TDMan said...

Gee, I must have struck a sensitive nerve. When it's Signal's ox that's being gored that's okay, but when it's your ox in the ditch that's not so good.

October 21, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

I keep seeing all this back and forth and what doesn't seem to be getting across to the SM folks is 1) we don't hate SM's team, 2) it is COACH PRICE,(quote, unquote, underline and bold italics),with his attitude and arrogance at EVERY SM game I have seen. He is the reason SM has the reputation it has. I don't care how much money the residents of SM have or DON'T have. That isn't the issue. Coach Price may be wonderful to all of you but if you were on the other side looking at him and his antics then you would feel the same way we do, I PROMISE YOU! Especially with the way you feel about what is being said against you! If that makes you mad then you should be on this side looking at YOU! We do not hate you or your money and are not jealous of your school. I would be proud, proud, proud for a school in my area to be state champions! But your coach makes it hard for us to like what your athletes work so very, very hard to accomplish.

October 21, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.
art said...

ldurham - we do...every day...but your failure to read or accept the real facts keeps your sterotype, bitterness and ignorance alive and well. No amount of reasoning is going to change your opinion of life on the mtn or what goes on behind the walls of SMMHS.

Don't worry...we're losing so many good seniors this year that we will struggle next year to stay above 500. But I doublt that it was our athletic success that is causing all this hate. People always have had strong anti-SM emotions before SMMHS ever existed.

October 21, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
ldurham said...

Thanks Art, it's good to know your school's doors are open to all. I will encourage my non-athlete friends in the Brainerd zone to apply for hardships to Signal so that you can continue to meet your mission.

October 21, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
motherof2sons said...

Channel 3 is reporting that Signal lost its appeal. CASE CLOSED!!

October 21, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
nowfedup said...

motherof2sons "CASE CLOSED", what now, who knows, some of the clowns tha put sports first, education second or last, might actaully concentrate on world class education? Not football etc at HS and college levels, doubt it as our education ranking in world more then proves. When are these clowns going to wake up, USA is getting economic, social and educational butt kicked daily by nation, and hope it does not shock some to much, but kicked by nations with NO local, regional, state of bowl playoffs and games. How can that be, dare we ask, and TN is at bottom of educational lists. But as can be seen by massive media coverage, we do have our priority, or do we?

October 21, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
art said...

ldurham - bring 'em. They can catch a ride with the 40 others. There are only 2 "good" OOZ players. The others are non-athletic but welcome none the less. By the way - I doubt you have 1 Brainerd friend.

October 21, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.
Isay said...

Amen art!! Durham, how many kids have you helped or opened your door for?

October 21, 2011 at 9:39 p.m.
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