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  1. Any updates on this meeting?
  2. I must say you’re quite the windbag. Having an opportunity to remove the burden of four years of tuition from your parents takes precedence over a second and third sport. Remember, God first, Family second, School or Team third. Clearly you weren’t paying attention during the lesson grasshopper. It’s about the kid first and doing the right thing for him and his family not some meaningless pre-season tournament in a 2nd or 3rd sport. Of course it’s imperative for the kid and his parents to call the coach as soon as he’s selected but sometimes players are picked late as a replacement for another player. That’s reality not some utopian fantasy of old school player coach relations. Here’s a real world example. Your son’s housemate is a committed member of a D1 team. He forgoes his senior college season to earn millions as a pro. Old timers like you label him as an ungrateful quitter. I would call earning a career nest egg a responsible business decision. 100% support from the folks who truly care for the kid not his jackass college coach who threw him under the bus. By the way his teammates supported his move unanimously. LB is an educational vendor (not an employer) which has to compete (contrary to the some of the old timers) with other great private schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The market always clears. Clearly LB’s football program needs a lot of help. There are 1000s of posts on this forum supporting this conclusion. Focus inward grasshopper and self actualize. Here ends the lesson.
  3. Not my son. If I see a coach clearly bullying or mistreating a kid, yes I speak up. That’s who I am: no apologies. No bragging, just stating this type of behavior has been an issue at the School previously. The days of folks letting people in positions of authority do anything they want regardless of whether it was legal or ethical are over.
  4. LOL, this response is typical and while well written completely misinformed. Let’s see: my posts about a multi sport athlete issue at LB were in response to posts about a football program situation that happened last summer and fall. What I maintain is that clearly that debacle (everybody in the Conference knew about it) evidenced that LB’s longstanding issues (under Pesci and Day) regarding multi sport athletes was alive and well (at least at that time). If you have questions about what happened with the wrestling coach, don’t assume anything, ask him. Constructive criticism, another hearty laugh, I guess multiple meetings and phone calls with the AD, the President and several Board members don’t count. Or the time I emailed the current Principal the multi sport philosophies from some of the best Jesuit Schools nationwide that are openly available on the net. For the record, he scoffed at my suggestion that they incorporate some of the content on the LB website. Posting on a public forum criticism, clearly you’re living in the past: as the SNAP, Black Lives Matters or the MeToo movements have illustrated, sometimes unconventional methods are required to drive change.
  5. Yes, Doug Shaw was the player in question and it was an early season season tournament (not MIAA). He may have altered his position since then but trust me it happened: I actually admonished him directly about his rant. As a parent, I asked him whether he was willing to front $100k to pay for the boy's college education. Needless to say the conversation ended there. And yes the post season football bowl conflicted with an early season wrestling tournament. As an aside, the best wrestler ever at Loyola (in high school, national prep winner) came to Loyola for lacrosse and played it at Duke. And yes, I'm a virtual encyclopedia (both good and bad but mostly really good) about LB and actually care about the School.
  6. LOL, I like your use of the present tense. This thread is a testament to the fact that LB's AD and football program have failed to embrace the multi sport athlete. No doubt the number of 2 and 3 sport athletes in HS is declining precipitously across the country. This is what makes them so much more valuable. Here's an example of an explicit policy that embraces multi-sport athletes: ABC School's athletic philosophy embraces the multi-sport concept because the school believes that student participation in multiple sports contributes to personal well-being and helps to sustain ABC School's vibrant athletic program. This is why, on average, 90% of upper school students and 100% of seventh and eighth graders play on interscholastic teams. Upper School students may choose from 29 interscholastic sports or a comprehensive, multi-faceted physical education program to fulfill their physical education/athletic requirement. Middle schoolers in grades seven and eight may join interscholastic teams in 16 different sports. A no-cut policy gives these students a chance to try activities that interest them, to develop a love of sport, and to improve their skills. Do a sampling of Jesuit Schools around the country and you'll find similar explicit policies. Let me share some more thoughts with you: The role of athletics in a ABC School's student’s life is important. The Athletic Department believes athletics are an extension of the academic day where valuable lessons are taught. Sports programs are designed to be in harmony with the educational objectives of the school. We believe in a multi-sport philosophy and encourage all our athletes to play at least two sports. ABC School seeks to provide opportunities in which students can participate in a healthy and competitive environment and develop socially, mentally, and physically. The Athletic Department encourages students to become members of teams, to be the best they can be, and to reach their personal potential. To achieve this last goal, we offer 29 varsity sports. Being a member of a team is a privilege. Students will learn life lessons such as how to work with a group, how to be selfless, how to persevere when things don’t go well, and how to be gracious winners and losers. In most sports, we offer varsity and junior varsity teams. When student interest and numbers are high enough, we offer a third team. Sports that lend themselves easily to the possibility of a third team include boys and girls soccer, basketball, field hockey, and girls lacrosse. We encourage students to go out for a team of their choice, and if that choice doesn’t work out, then try out for a different team. I know someone who's kid was cut from the lacrosse team last year. The boy also loves tennis and is quite good at it. He asked to go out for the tennis team at Loyola and was told too bad we weren't your first choice. Tell me again how LB is embracing multi sports athletics. LOL
  7. I agree 100%. If a kid misses an in season practice (non excused) he should be dropped from the team or on the depth chart. Off season workouts are a different matter altogether with the extended seasons. Agree communication is the issue. When you have rogue coaches (yes I said it) doing things that are beyond the pale, they shouldn't be coaching. No AD or one from the Stone Ages results in this type of behavior. Especially for football given the dwindling numbers. As was previously stated most of the Conference coaches were laughing at LB's position with all of the kids referenced. I don't know what school of thought these coaches come from but they clearly weren't putting their team's or the kid's interests first. Trust me when I tell you, the Loyola QB would have been a great fit in the Triple Option offense. Smart, quick and tough and most importantly very coach-able. The Schools with a limited number of skilled student athletes that have an embracing policy towards multi sport athletes have done well while those who are stuck in the 1950s have suffered. The market always clears. See LBs football record over the past decade. Rather than embracing the multisport athlete due to reducing athletic scholarship dollars, they stuck their head in the sand and drove some really good players away from the School. One of them is at the Combine as we speak.
  8. First clearly you don’t manage salespeople Don Quixote, ideal but often not reality. Regarding the young man in question, I don’t know the particulars. What I can tell you with absolute certainty is that the Lb football and wrestling had serious issues with kids playing their primary sports. HCs in both sports regularly openly denigrated lacrosse players. Even if the kids were the hardest workers in the weight room (the two athletes I mentioned in a previous post were by far the strongest player at their position on the team), it was an us vs them culture where lacrosse’s primacy on the campus was resented by these two coaching staffs. Stanwick and Conrad both played soccer and basketball for HCs with a more mature approach to multi-sport athletes. This type of internicene hatred among coaches has probably contributed to the decline of Lb sports.
  9. Neither played football or wrestled so those names are irrelevant to the discussion. It is coach driven issue when not policed by the AD.
  10. Of course, the kid is not owed anything and has to earn his spot on the depth chart. The reality is almost all of these multi sport stars end up being your best athletes and making all MIAA. The question i have is the kid being penalized (this was allowed to take place regularly at Loyola and was tacitly supported by the Administration) for participating in multiple sports and favoring his scholarship sport over another? A good coach/parent works out a compromise where everyone wins. Example: In the working world, a star salesman gets a ton of latitude while a struggling novice is given lots of structure. It’s about creating a winning positive culture that has the kid’s, Program’s and School’s long term interests in mind. It’s really not that hard folks.
  11. Clearly the spread works better with a dual threat QB. That being said if you have a great pro style passer at QB (very rare in high school) you would alter your scheme to fit your personnel. A great QB uses motion and scheme to read the D pre-snap. If he checks down to an option play, he then reads his key(s) and reacts accordingly.
  12. For all of the outsiders, LB has a history of making life for multi-sport athletes a living hell. Here are some examples: 1) the wrestling coach freaking out over one of the top players on their 2008 championship football team’s participation in the Crab Bowl in order to get a full pay scholarship to college (he participated and was offered a full ride at TU) because he was going to miss a meaningless pre-season wrestling tournament. 2) a JV football coach kicking a kid off of the team not for missing practice but participating in a Sunday lacrosse tournament at the request of the Notre Dame’s coaching staff’s only swing through the East Coast on a recruiting trip (player was awarded 4 yr scholarship to ND as a result). Let me ask the posters a question: let’s say Johnny, a great WR, was asked to go to the West Coast all summer to tryout for the US Olympic Team. Would you preclude him from playing on your team because he was running for his country rather than taking part in summer workouts? To me, if the kid’s a valuable member of the team, is doing something in his scholarship sport and is working out hard, it’s incumbent on the coach to work out a compromise. Frankly it’s in the kid’s, the team’s and the School’s best interest to do so. Men without common sense or good judgement have no place leading or coaching young men.
  13. Some ADs don't know football or other sports for that matter. They are politicians and bureaucrats and aren't qualified to make good coaching hires.
  14. Coaches who can't adjust their scheme to their personnel shouldn't have the job. Everyone (with tough kids on the line and in the backfield) can run the DW (with good coaching), not everyone can run the spread....see LB's last decade. You need a dual threat QB to run the spread well. You don't need a running QB to have an effective DW. The good coaches adapt.
  15. Hire a messianic coach with a winning record and a great local recruiting network. Then bring the Hamilton program on campus and recruit their kids. Show a commitment to excellence not participation. Then the families will flock to your Program. Loyola has been busy building the Maginot Line.