Leading off today:
The Buffalo News asked 34 Western New York football coaches and 119 players an open-ended question, and a third of the coaches and 20 percent of the players said they wanted a longer season
, the paper reported Friday.
"If there's any coach that's been happy with a seven-game schedule, I haven't met him yet," said Ken Stoldt, the Section 6 football chairman. "And why it hasn't expanded, I haven't been given an answer."
The issue is only marginally in play at the state level. Although the New York State Public High School Athletic Association is moving toward a vote on changing the master schedule for its sports seasons, the mostly likely scenario is that the discussed move to push back the end of the season by a week would be negated by also starting fall practice and then the regular season a week later.
Separately, a proposal to restore regular-season games that were axed due to the recession a decade ago could allow teams that do not qualify for sectionals to play additional games.
Other questions asked by the paper in the unscientific survey resulted in these replies:
• Favorite NFL team (aside from the hometown Bills): Pittsburgh Steelers.
• Favorite NFL player: J.J. Watt by a whisker over Antonio Brown.
• Favorite college team: Ohio State.
Sec. 5 coach retiring: Bath football coach Wayne Carroll has retired after 27 seasons and five Section 5 championships at the school.
Carroll's application for early retirement was approved by the school board on Thursday. The move comes weeks after Carroll was put on a leave of absence this season for personal reasons citing medical leave.
Assistant Mark Recktenwald has been serving as interim head coach.
Seriously? I mean, seriously? The Rochester City School District's board of education did not have a good night Thursday. A scathing report from auditors uncovered multiple issues with the way the nearly $1 billion annual budget is handled and the superintendent pulled a major surprise after the meeting by announcing her impending retirement to local media shortly before midnight.
During the meeting, the school board approved a plan under which two School of the Arts students will be able to play ice hockey as part of the suburban Rush-Henrietta team beginning next month. And this is what we got from school board member Cynthia Elliott, per a Democrat and Chronicle reporter.
Joking or not, it takes a dimly lit bulb -- a specialty for any number of the area's elected officials -- to say that out loud. Then, again, intelligent leadership is so hard to come by in Rochester that the city is one of the few school districts in the state that has to pay people to serve on its school board.
About streaks: Cuba-Rushford is a long way from my domicile in Rochester, but I've kind of kept track of their girls volleyball team from afar since the day Sally Kus landed there as the head coach in 2009.
I took notice this morning that the Rebels moved within a match of their second consecutive undefeated regular season courtesy of a 25-18, 25-19, 28-26 win Wednesday vs. Fillmore. Cuba-Rushford plays Houghton on Friday before beginning sectionals.
This is the first time in more than 40 years that Kus is not coaching in an official capacity in high school or college though she does serve as a volunteer assistant for the varsity on which her granddaughter plays. Some of her previous Cuba-Rushford varsity teams before stepping down were quite good, but none struck fear in opponents like Sweet Home did at the peak of the Panthers' dominance from 1978-87 as they won 292 consecutive matches to set what was then a national high school record for any sport.
I called Kus recently is anticipation of the Spencerport girls soccer team running its unbeaten streak to 60 games over three seasons last week to set a NYSPHSAA record.