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.
If we could get this much attention to the deficiencies of the public school system across TN then we may actually accomplish getting out of the cellar as far as public education is concerned in TN.
As for the drinking, I don't think anyone is condoning underage drinking, but the fact that media outlets view this as news and that the only time these "incidents" make it to press are when it involves private schools and now Signal Mountain. Should we now have a "Just Busted" publication that addresses high school incidents, or one that just focuses on the privates and Signal Mountain. I think there would be quite a few students, parents, and administrators all over the county that would not welcome the TFP/WRCB over stepping their journalistic boundaries as this type of reporting looks more like TMZ.