Programming: High School
Sayreville AD Suspended Amid Hazing Investigation
by Emily Attwood December 2014
The Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to suspend the Sayreville High School athletic director amid an investigation into the hazing scandal involving its football program. The football team's season came to an abrupt and early end in October following allegations of harassment, bullying and sexual assault.
The board voted 8-0 to suspend athletic director John Kohutanycz with pay, effective December 17. The school's football coach, George Najjar, has been suspended since October, though four assistant coaches suspended at that time have been reinstated.
At Tuesday night's meeting, the board also approved the hiring of one of those assistant football coaches, Michael Novak, as the school's new strength coach, a position Najjar held until his suspension. The move was a controversial one among board members, some of whom felt that Novak should not have been considered for the position because of his connection to the football hazing investigation. Said one board member in a written statement, "I voted no on appointing Michael Novak as strength and conditioning coach because I don't believe that any of the football coaches should be returning to any coaching position at this time."
Seven players have been charged as part of the ongoing investigation, though no coaches or administrators have faced charged.
HS Players Use T-Shirts to Take a Stand... For a New Gym
by EVAN F. MOORE December 2014
Morgan Park High School's boys basketball team joined in on the recent trend of using T-shirts to take a public stand on an issue - though one not nearly as important as the national debate over police shootings of unarmed black men.
Opinion: Childish to Make Ref's Call a Legal Issue
by Editorial December 2014
A couple of weeks ago, Frederick A. Douglass High School in Oklahoma City played a state quarterfinal playoff game against Locust Grove.
Football Realignment Set for Four Years, Barring Appeal
by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writers December 2014
Doug Socha spent most of Monday anxiously waiting for the Florida High School Athletic Association to release its tentative new football districts.
Watermelon-Gate: Diversity Plan, Consultant Scrutinized
by Amanda Kerr December 2014
The Charleston County School Board on Tuesday will get its first look at the school district s vision for a comprehensive diversity plan under development by a consultant who played a role in the Academic Magnet football team s watermelon ritual controversy. The Charleston County School District wants to extend the contract of Atlanta-based diversity consultant Kevin Clayton through his company Axxis Consulting for $48,956 to complete a series of initiatives that include developing a strategic diversity plan for the school district and providing education and training in diversity management for the district s leadership team.
High School's Rugby Program Expanding, Moving Up
by NATHAN PERCY, STAFF WRITER December 2014
Following in the footsteps of the success gained in its inaugural season, the Dana Rugby Football Club is ready to expand its program and those successes as it moves up a division in the Southern California Youth Rugby organization.
District Approves Class Credit for Sports Participation
by Alexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star December 2014
Student-athletes with demanding class schedules will soon have an alternative way to earn P.E. credit in Tucson Unified School District by counting their participation in extracurricular sports.
In Maine, Swim Coaches Lament Switch to Timed Finals
by GLENN JORDAN Staff Writer December 2014
The Class A and B swimming and diving state championships in February will use timed finals, meaning the winner may not be the person who touches first in the highest-seeded heat. The meets will begin in mid-morning and finish by mid-afternoon.
How Much Contact is Too Much in High School Football?
by Ernie Clark BDN Staff December 2014
The National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion Summit Task Force has developed a series of fundamentals for minimizing head impact exposure and concussion risk in football.
Can High School Football Survive a Legal Hit?
by Randy Blaser December 2014
Last week it was reported that a former high school football player has filed suit against the state organization that regulates high school sports, the Illinois High School Association, claiming it didn't do enough to protect athletes from potential concussions.