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  1. Fair thought, when you think about hoops
  2. I agree and the HS leagues (MIAA A, WCAC, etc) have to figure it out or they risk falling apart. This article talks to many of the problems (it just focused on the WCAC and the ND University study that happen back in 2016).
  3. You might be right that sports won't look like my experience, but I don't think I am that far removed. I played football, basketball and baseball in HS, football and baseball in college at the D1 level and have coached all three sports at various youth levels in Baltimore County. I was also offered a "financial aid package" by a catholic high school to play sports coming out of 8th grade, but turned that down as my mother would have been required to work the lunch line in the cafeteria at that school (so now you know my communities economic reality as a young person, 65% of my HS was and still lives below the poverty line and 17% of students have one or both parents in jail). So in reality, I might have a better understanding of this situation than you do. So with the above outlined, here is my thoughts when I look at the landscape of the major privates and recruiting (my perfect world): * Recruiting can be a great thing if it offers "academic opportunity", but that recruiting effort should be balanced across academics, athletics and the arts. And it should be balanced with the academic and school community overall. Academics is the key to life, not sports. * Scholarships should be need based, not athletic at the HS level. Google why the Ivy Leagues don't give athletic scholarships and you can review why they came to their decision and it will give you a few things to consider. * HS's should recruit from the communities they serve. If I'm a full paying parent, I'm good if some of my dollars go to a Baltimore County or Baltimore City child that needs an opportunity. But, I'm not happy if my dollars go to out of state athletes that are "moved into" MD so a team can field an all-star team. Think SF Football, McD Football/Wrestling, JC Hoops, etc. I think it is fair to ask these HS's - why aren't all of these opportunities going to local children. Out of state and even international recruiting should be left to the college level. * Coaches should be teacher/coaches first if possible, so they interact with the child daily outside of the field of play. Teacher/coaches tend to strike a balance between education and athletics and teach life lessons. If a school can't find a teacher coach, the AD needs to make sure the balance is there with the coach from the outside. * HS recruiting should not be run by "benefactors", who have agendas of their own. Lets face it, Luek at McD and Biff at SF (and many more) are in it for many of their own reasons and the schools jumped on the gravy train. If Biff had decided to go into the SF community and spend all of his dollars there, I'd be a fan...but I can't buy it when players come from eight different states. How many kids that live a block from SF don't get on the field because he ran to VA and other states for players? My opinion is, he could have built a power house with talent that lives 5 blocks in each direction from the school, but that would have taken some time (and he wants a mythical national championship now). And look at McD, they sold themselves for a QB 2 years ago from 2 hours away (that is a great athlete but not much of a thrower) and a 6'5 QB they had in house walked out the door as they had no loyalty to him (that's the recruit only vs recruit and develop in-house talent issue). That 6'5" QB put up about 2k yards throwing this year at Westminster and is currently on the BTC 22 list for players to watch next year. Not real smart by McD. * and finally, youth programs need to get back to teaching the game and not "selling big bodies" (don't you think it odd that grass roots ranks 12/13 year olds and publishes that info to HS coaches? There have always been great youth coaches (they haven't become more knowledgeable or better per your comment, they just actively recruit harder in order to have a winning program). Talent will always rise to the top, they don't need "handlers" from pre-HS club programs to get them there (everyone knows who the talented players are). And this goes across all sports, just not football. Well that's my perfect world. It might never come about...but I think the kids would benefit if it did!
  4. I think you missed the point. My question on "losing their way" doesn't mean I am painting the school as a snake oil salesman. You also mentioned that there was "interest on both sides (meaning school and player)", so I will assume you are a coach or a McDonogh administrator/booster (to know that). What I was asking the forum was simple - we all know the major privates have decided to go with a college model, which is to promote top tier sports across the board and hope that drives applications. But in reality, the only two schools in the area (MIAA) that have had increasing applications year over year is McD and Gilman (and Gilman is more about history of the school and academics than it ever was about the football team). So if you use that as success of the college model, it's not always working or the right model. And as you indicated my question was silly, I'll ask another one - has a high school,even a prep school like McD lost it's way with recruiting (in all sports) when the following has happened over the last few years - (3 years ago - recruited soccer player dismissed for smoking weed in the dorm, 2 years ago - recruited baseball player dismissed for handing out his pain killers, this year - recruited and nationally ranked track athlete dismissed for hazing in the dorm, recruited wrestlers (4) - dismissed for hazing in the dorm, nationally known girls lacrosse coach - dismissed (yes he was fired) for trying to cut UA endorsement on his own without school knowledge. Academics - school had to create summer biology course a few years ago to keep football players eligible, etc, etc. So yes, it looks like "they lost their way". When coaches and administrators (and boosters) think that winning at an OOS level is more important than integrity - then something is wrong. If you can't see that recruiting a young man for football from St. James (because he was outside the 45 miles and he would not have to sit out) , which is another MD private (your pooching from another private) after he had already made a move from his home school is wrong, then you have no integrity. The adults are supposed to lead the way on character, not blame the student and say "well he should have done research and stuck to his decision" hell McD helped him break his first commitment (to St. James). In the end, the coach or AD's mentality of "just recruit me a few D1's and I will be okay" is flawed. The correct model is Build a Program! When's the last time we saw a good MIAA team send 8-10 kids to D2 and D3 (in addition to 1-3 D1 players) in a year. The answer is you don't, because every school has defaulted to just recruiting.Just look at the JV programs, most are a joke as coaches run any good player to varsity so they can't transfer if they don't play. That is also the reason the local teams have no fan base. The students that don't play the game could care less as they don't know many of the recruits. I've gone to McD games (and many other schools) when there is just parents in the stands. That's not a win for anyone. Long rant over!
  5. Having a few QB's in the pipeline, doesn't mean much when the defense was giving up 30-60 points per game. Ball control and field position go a long way to helping the defense. All this BS about transition time, is just that BS. This was a solid team in the "B" Conference for god sake. They had size, an established running game and decent defense (not great but decent). The question might be better suited for the AD and that would be - why hire a coach that only wants to run the the spread? or did you even discuss systems?. The goal is to win, so go with a system that matches the talent on the field. If talent dictates spread then fine, but if it dictates something else...a seasoned coach can easily adjust - that's high school. He might be a good coach (and I am sure everyone wishes him the best, but don't give me the "it takes time" line. This was not a bad program that needed to be turned around. My 2 cents.
  6. This was an overview in a personal bio that a friend ran by me. It's from a student athlete who was recruited from a PA HS to a MD HS, and then recruited again to another MD HS (McD) a year later. The young man played at McD during his junior and senior year and then went back to his original PA school for his final HS semester and graduation. Does anyone else think that these schools have lost their way? Paragraph from student athletes own recruiting page... "In 2014, I set a goal for myself to play Varsity football as a freshman at Riverbend High School in PA. I succeeded in meeting that goal and not only was I a starter and captain for the JV team, but played for the Varsity team as well. I was honored to earn my Varsity letter that year as a freshman. I was then recruited to play football at Saint James school in Maryland for my 2015 season where I was again a captain and starter on both sides of the ball This past spring I was named to the All MAC team in Maryland for Offense and from there was recruited to play for The Mcdonogh School (for his junior and senior years)". Has the standard become to play for three HS's in your career and then go back to your home school/area to graduate? The player earned a scholarship, so some might say it was worth it...but if he was this good he would have been found anyway (at the original school). Has the MIAA just become a league of hired guns (McD has had a few of these in all sports recently)? It's a subject that has been discussed numerous times but with this example I am interested to know if this is the new norm or an outlier.
  7. Can't rate anyone above Tavon Austin from that list
  8. well said
  9. Sounds a little immature from the (article showing off the box cutter) but the bigger issue might have been coaching. The B conference wasn't loaded last year and Curley really struggled. I watched one game where they took the kick off, ran down the field with ease and then threw 3 incomplete passes inside the 10 and settled for a field goal. Passed the rest of the game and got beat 30-3 or something like that. Simply, they didn't coach to talent (they had the ability to run the ball, but the coach wanted to throw). Thus the question - how'd that work out for you. That might have played a roll in his dismissal.
  10. The Headmaster (Britton) resigned earlier this year (will work thru the year). Wonder what he has known for awhile.
  11. I agree with immature, not thinking, etc. But I think, as adult and parents, you then have to explore what's happening there with dorms that are used mainly for recruiting purposes and those dorms have kids as young as 13/14 (9th graders that have not been re classed and seniors as old as 19 (many of the McD kids are 19)). Basically it goes to supervision and safety. Hopefully everyone is fine and they learn from this.
  12. Not a rumor, there was some bad hazzing going on in the dorm that involved wrestlers and non-wrestlers (including a track star). I don't even want to say what I was told by a McD dorm parent, as it is disturbing. The question will now be - will McD step up or try to hid this. Hopefully the hazed student or students (depending on what is uncovered) is ok. What are some of these kids thinking?
  13. A Conference: 1, SF - will run away with it 2. MSJ - QB improves 3. Gilman - continues to improve but hard to replace that TB and will need to find a QB 4. McD - Struggles as they look for QB , and try to replace a bunch of 3 year starters * McD could be sitting pretty with Etchinson at QB (now doing well at Westminster), but they ignored him while "fawning" over Ellis and now have no QB in the system. Prime example of being 100% focused on recruiting instead of recruiting and building internal talent at the same time. 5. Spalding - needs to find that next "navy QB" 6. CHC - looked awful vs Gilman in playoffs. Not sure what they have. #4 thru #6 could be a toss up B Conference 1. St Mary's - solid program and coaching 2. St. Pauls - has a few skill players back (QB and TB are back), but lost a lot as well (graduated multiple 2 way lineman, top 3 WR's, 1 TB and 2 starting LB's). Time will tell. 3. BL/Severn - always solid but nothing special (can flip flop these two as well). BL has to find a QB 4. Curley - if they stay with pro-style offense could be lower 5. John Carroll - played with 29 kids last year, Need more numbers to be consistent. Has to replace QB 6. SVP - wild card, who stays? does coach exit? etc.,
  14. ha ha" no", SP would have won anyway. Gilman played poorly down the stretch (must have shot 25-30% from the floor). Most A teams should be able to beat B teams without being in a contested game. Gilman has lost to Gerstel and SP so they have issues.
  15. Didn't know they were without those players. SP had two out for Football as well but more roll players. Yes, Technical call on Willis is tough at that moment (not sure why a 6 foot Willis is guarding a 6'7" SP player (Troy) but on offense Gilman has to be able to score in the paint. Second possession of the game they get four offensive rebounds (on one possession) and could not make the put back shot. My general thought with this post is - a few years ago it felt like almost every A Conference team had one or more D1 players that really dominated HS games (especially the bigs) but that doesn't seem to be the case this year.