The Signal Mountain A.D. screwed this one up. It's a shame for all of the boys involved, including Tim McClendon.
I guarantee you that the coaches at Signal do not consider football to be "silly". Otherwise they wouldn't stretch a pretty clearly stated TSSAA rule to add to their stable of running backs. Also, if I had a Signal Mountain kid on the football team right now, I would be pretty mad at them for ruining my son's season.
The coaches and administrators took away the profits of their hard work. They are the child abusers.
Tim McClendon scored 5 touchdowns against South Pitt.
I'm not slamming the players. I feel sorry for them. I'm slamming the administration.
"Hardly a factor" - puhlease! The AD should have known how to fill out paperwork correctly. Especially when it considers a 240 pounder who plays both ways on the field.
The principal and the athletic director should have known the rules. They've both been involved in the school system for decades. This is a major screwup on their part! It's a shame for all of the kids. The AD definitely dropped the ball on this one.
This story is about one thing - greed. Signal has a ton of great athletes and would have had a great season without this player. But the coaches and the Sports Boosters got greedy, and the players, including the ineligible one, are all paying the price (no pun intended).
The mascot did run on the field after the win vs. Trousdale, but definitely never intended to plant the Eagle flag in their field. He was tackled by a Trousdale County fan who I guess mistook the Eagle for Neil Armstrong.
I don't think that any nursing students at Vanderbilt were ever required to assist in the actual abortions themselves, just in the care of the patients having the abortions. However the wording of the application wasn't completely clear, so it is good that Vanderbilt reworded it.