Bleacher Bits: Coach's 'statement' could cost school plenty
Talk to any high school coach or athletic director and he or she will tell you that there are a myriad of rules and regulations that must be followed in any athletic program.
Student-athletes who have transferred to different schools in California - along with their families - can tell you for example about the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sit-out rule, which determines when that student-athlete is eligible to compete in a given sport at the new school.
While we may sometimes not particularly like a rule, we have to play by them.
Or, like Long Beach Poly boys basketball coach Sharrief Metoyer, you can choose to climb up on a political soapbox and deliberately disobey them.
LATimes.com on Thursday reported that during a Tuesday playoff game, Metoyer inserted Kameron Chatman - a player he knew was ineligible - into the game with 1:12 left. Poly lost the game 83-63 so the outcome of the contest was not affected, but the future of Poly's athletic program very much could be.
Metoyer's decision was his way of protesting the CIF eligibility rules.
The story stated that Chatman was scheduled to become eligible on Saturday after sitting out the entire season following his transfer, but the CIF Southern Section ruled that Chatman had followed Metoyer - who is also his travel-team coach and godfather - to Poly, with the penalty being a one year sit-out period at the varsity level.
"An unfair situation happened with him," Metoyer said after the game. "Somebody had to make a statement. The game of basketball means nothing - we're supposed to be in the business of helping kids."
And Metoyer's "helping the kids" could have just the opposite result.
The Southern Section rule states, "Any school knowingly or unknowingly violating the rule may be suspended from membership in the CIF Southern Section."
The Southern Section could ban Poly from postseason play next season, and while the Southern Section can only recommend a penalty against Metoyer, it is up to the school to determine what - if any - disciplinary action it feels is necessary.
This was supposedly done to "help the kids," but I fail to see what help it has given to them, unless you want to count the lesson in civics it has provided in showing them that rules, do indeed, apply to everybody.
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