Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
Profanity's Recruiting Impact Resonates with UT Students
by David Cobb, Knoxville News-Sentinel October 2014
University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has publicly outlined that he sees a problem with profanity during football games since a derogatory chant rang through Neyland Stadium on Oct. 4.
Hazing Ends Legendary Prep Football Program's Season
by Kathy Boccella, Chris Palmer, and Ben Finley; Inquirer Staff Writers October 2014
The Central Bucks School District on Thursday canceled the rest of the football season at Central Bucks West High School after it said it learned that players had subjected rookies to "humiliating" hazing in a preseason initiation.
Lawmaker Targets Reinstated Coach in Watermelon-Gate
by Amanda Kerr, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) October 2014
Less than 24 hours after Academic Magnet High School head football coach Bud Walpole got his job back, a state lawmaker and Bonds-Wilson Alumni Association members called for the suspension and possible firing of Walpole and his assistant coaches over what some considered a racially offensive post-game watermelon ritual.
Sayreville Coach: 'Big Kids Didn't Protect Little Kids'
by Michael Boren; Inquirer Staff Writer October 2014
The dream of becoming a Bomber on this town's beloved high school football team begins across the street from the stadium floodlights, down the hill on the playing field tucked behind a lake.
Behavior of Prep Players at Non-School Dinner Probed
by Ryan Mellon October 2014
Warwick School District acknowledged in a letter to football team families that it has investigated behavior by some football team members at a team dinner last week.
HS Coaches Resign after Players' Ebola Taunt
by Andrew Brandt October 2014
The coaches of a high school soccer team in Northampton, Pa., have resigned just one day after allegations that their players taunted an opponent with chants of "Ebola."
Nazareth High School soccer player Ibrahim Toumkara moved to Pennsylvania from a small town in Guinea, a country located in West Africa, three years ago. After hearing the Ebola remarks, he charged a Northampton player and was ejected from the match.
According to Toumkara's guardian, Edward Bachart, the teenager worries about his parents, who still reside there.
Northampton's head coach and assistant coach, Craig Carvin and Jason Melniszyn, submitted their resignation letters Tuesday evening as the Northampton Area School District was finishing its investigation into the matter.
District superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said that neither district tolerates any form of discrimination, and that "appropriate discipline will be dispensed to any students who violated the code of conduct."
"I am glad Nazareth and Northampton took this incident very seriously and did a very thorough investigation," Bachart told The Morning Call. "I think kids nowadays have to realize that their words can cause a lot of damage and you've got to think before you speak and be careful with what words you choose."
Bachart believes the Northampton coaches made the right decision in resigning, but he thinks Northampton's players should be held accountable as well.
"This doesn't belong in society," he said. "It certainly doesn't belong in the field."
In response to the episode, the Nazareth soccer team has taken to Twitter to promote and sell wristbands that say "#ENDRACISM."
Prep Coach Might Face Charge for Kicking Player in Groin
by David Benda, Record Searchlight October 2014
A complaint that Shasta High School football coach Aaron Gingery kicked a 16-year-old player in the groin has been forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, which is mulling over a misdemeanor battery to a child charge for Gingery.
High School Coach Accused of Striking Player to Retire
by Lori Kurtzman and Steve Blackledge, The Columbus Dispatch October 2014
Nearly a month after he was suspended after allegedly striking a player, longtime Westerville South football coach Rocky Pentello has announced his retirement.
HS Coach Takes Voluntary Leave After Sideline Incidents
by Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer October 2014
Longtime Garnet Valley football coach Mike Ricci is taking a two-week leave of absence after a sideline altercation with one of his players during the second half of Friday night's 28-7 home win over Central League rival Penncrest.
Penn State Pulls Scholarship Offer to Sayreville Recruit
by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer October 2014
Penn State has rescinded its scholarship offer to a highly recruited Sayreville (N.J.) High School football player who allegedly was involved with teammates in the hazing and sexual assault of four younger players, two recruiting websites reported Monday.