figure has nearly doubled over the weekend.
The departures were triggered by an email sent Tuesday by Section 1 President James Mackin, who informed school superintendents that the Executive Committee had reaffirmed its decision to host playoff semifinals at neutral sites even as so many figures involved in the sport held out hope that a solution could be worked out.
Coaches and administrators are saying that extensive work by ADs on an operational plan for using the County Center was given little if any consideration in the process because sectional Executive Director Jennifer Simmons may not have presented it to the Executive Committee.
"My thing is, we're not really being heard and being respected -- me as a co-chair or others as committee members," Ossining girls coach Dan Ricci said. "So what is our purpose? If we're supposed to be running a tournament and we're not being heard, what are we supposed to do? Take tickets at the door? They can find somebody else to do that."
At the risk of stating the obvious, there can't be that many people left to continue planning for the Section 1 tournaments, which begin in late February. That's would be a concern under any circumstances, but what's left of the organization also has to find neutral sites for semifinal games and continue preparations with the staff at Pace University, which will host the 2018 finals.
The Journal News rolled out its second substantial editorial on the controversy over the weekend.
And now there are lawyers involved:
A statement released by the boys and girls coaches committees asserted "certain members of the Section 1 Executive Committee have unilaterally manipulated the deliberative process which has historically been collaborative and resulted in decades of great high school basketball tournaments at the County Center."