Leading off today:
I would imagine Section 1 executives will ignore the editorial by The Journal News. Given their general lack of responsiveness to the media on recent issues, that's sort of a given.
On the other hand, good luck shunning the New York State United Teachers. The difference between pit bulls and NYSUT is that pit bulls eventually let go.
NYSUT, a conglomeration of more than 1,200 local unions including the United Federation of Teachers (which represents well over 100,000 teachers and other school employees in New York City alone), has chimed in on the suspension of a pair of Section 1 boys basketball coaches handed down by Section 1.
In a letter dated Monday, the organization called for an investigation into the suspension of coaches Anthony Nicodemo of Yonkers Saunders and Chris DiCintio of Somers over a clerical error ahead of a charity basketball game to promote LGBTQ awareness their teams played this season.
In the letter to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, NYSUT is asking whether discrimination and homophobia were behind the disciplinary action.
"It is outrageous -- and contrary to the lessons of fairness and sportsmanship that educators stress every day -- for Section One Executive Director Jen Simmons to, more than one month later, suspend Nicodemo and DiCintio for what appears to be an inadvertent clerical error not of their own making," the letter signed by NYSUT President Andy Pallotta states. "It raises serious questions about whether their punishment was discriminatory in nature. As the state sanctioning body for high school sports, the NYS Public High School Athletic Association should support community-wide events that celebrate diversity and inclusion and raise money for volunteer groups that fight discrimination."
Meanwhile, Thursday's editorial by The Journal News was its latest to assail the lack of transparency by Section 1, calling it a "secretive clique."
The lengthy editorial concludes:
"What is going on here? The superintendents, principals and athletic directors affiliated with Section 1 should be embarrassed by a series of decisions that have infuriated the prep sports community and beyond. Section 1's dreadful communications practices and willful opposition to transparency is impossible to understand. This region is known for progressive education and, during these difficult times, sports should be one area where we showcase our best. It's time for educators to step in and fix Section 1."
An interesting question: This thought came along the other night from the New York State Sportswriters Association's Steve Grandin:
If the Cambridge girls basketball team wins the NYSPHSAA Class C championship this weekend, will Helen Mooney be the first New York athlete to win both a girls and boys state championship in the same school year?
Mooney was the second-team all-state kicker for Cambridge's state Class D championship football team in the fall.
Tennessee changing: The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Legislative Council has unanimously approved a total public-private split 21 years after the athletic association created a separate division for schools that offer need-based financial aid.
The proposal -- brought forward by a Memphis private school -- goes into effect during the 2019-20 school year.
Public and private schools are permitted to play each other in the regular season, but would be split in postseason play.