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El-Jefe

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It's all a big mess, of course, led by the clowns in the PIAA. Although in this case, the ruling was made by District 6 and simply upheld by the PIAA. It would be nice to get to a point where rules are applied evenly across the board..

PIAA simply does not have the resources to investigate every potential allegation in every sport across the state. And that's a good thing. Rival schools would turn PIAA into the Sports Stasi, more than they already do.

If those resources existed, they'd still push on big school football and basketball. Other sports would get investigated with remaining resources, which is to say only the most blatant cases.

So it will always be up to the PIAA Districts to enforce locally -- translated, have unwritten gentleman's agreements for how much cheating they will tolerate among local schools. And if that means hypothetically D7 or D11 are more tolerant than D6, well, that's life

People can complain about that all they want but what's the alternative? Club sports only? Jungle thick bureaucracy? Everybody lawyers up?
 

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True. No investigation if there is no complaint. The districts aren't policing the schools in that way. Guess BECA hasn't made anyone mad enough?
Certainly not mad enough that they'd want to start a circular firing squad of complaints across sports.

(Though to be completely fair, past practices are likely less true today.)
 
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PIAA simply does not have the resources to investigate every potential allegation in every sport across the state. And that's a good thing. Rival schools would turn PIAA into the Sports Stasi, more than they already do.

If those resources existed, they'd still push on big school football and basketball. Other sports would get investigated with remaining resources, which is to say only the most blatant cases.

So it will always be up to the PIAA Districts to enforce locally -- translated, have unwritten gentleman's agreements for how much cheating they will tolerate among local schools. And if that means hypothetically D7 or D11 are more tolerant than D6, well, that's life

People can complain about that all they want but what's the alternative? Club sports only? Jungle thick bureaucracy? Everybody lawyers up?
District 6 tolerance is an interesting question.
Bishop Guilfoyle has powerhouse class A football and girls basketball programs. Typically made up of the best athletes from Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Central, Bellwood-Antis, Tyrone and several additional school districts. District 6 is typically very tolerant of this situation.
If State College had a brain they would hire David Taylor as a school administrator in charge of wrestling. District 6 would be very tolerant of all kinds of bright young men from across the commonwealth wanting a State College education.
 
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Technically every public school in PA is open enrollment, if they have space and you can pay the average student spending cost you can request to go to a different district.
Many of these schools need to be. Some enrollment figures (US News):
Reynolds 7-12 = 335 --> 56/yr
Benton 9-12 = 179 --> 45/yr
Northwest 7-12 = 318 --> 53/yr

Benton and Northwest have an athletics sharing partnership for cost savings purposes. IIRC a few years ago Northwest's starting QB wrestled for Benton.

No idea how many other schools do something similar but hopefully it's fairly common. A good thing as it allows more opportunities for the students.
 
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.If State College had a brain they would hire David Taylor as a school administrator in charge of wrestling. District 6 would be very tolerant all kinds of bright young men from across the commonwealth wanting a State College education.
If State High really had a brain they'd hire him as a guidance counselor or something other than in charge of wrestling.

I.e., they'd at least make a token attempt at dissociating the team from the club, as opposed to Beca Johnstown and The Compound being siamese twins and blaring it from the rooftop.
 

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If State High really had a brain they'd hire him as a guidance counselor or something other than in charge of wrestling.

I.e., they'd at least make a token attempt at dissociating the team from the club, as opposed to Beca Johnstown and The Compound being siamese twins and blaring it from the rooftop.
Hiring Taylor for any real administrative job and making him the wrestling coach would be a no-brainer. They would get both a bright young guy who has already exhibited great leadership skills in a leadership position and a great coach.

That being said, the number of kids with high level wrestling skills seeking a State College education would instantly become a freakishly high outlier number and I guarantee District 6 would be very tolerant of that particular statistical anomaly.
 

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Knew it was coming- just got word in Central PA Bassets house is for sale with a sign in the yard. That didn’t take long. Guess the education wasn’t that elite. Wonder what prep school they end up at? When will Sem or Blair be making the announcement
 

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In situations like this, rest assured there is an adult living vicariously through their kids creating the mess. Could be those who got punished. Could be those who turned them in.

Reminds me of the opening verse of Porno for Pyro’s “Pets”.
 

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Many of these schools need to be. Some enrollment figures (US News):
Reynolds 7-12 = 335 --> 56/yr
Benton 9-12 = 179 --> 45/yr
Northwest 7-12 = 318 --> 53/yr

Benton and Northwest have an athletics sharing partnership for cost savings purposes. IIRC a few years ago Northwest's starting QB wrestled for Benton.

No idea how many other schools do something similar but hopefully it's fairly common. A good thing as it allows more opportunities for the students.
Ridgway and Johnsonburg play football as one team in D9. Two former rivals that would be equivalent to Pitt and PSU playing as one team.
 

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Knew it was coming- just got word in Central PA Bassets house is for sale with a sign in the yard. That didn’t take long. Guess the education wasn’t that elite. Wonder what prep school they end up at? When will Sem or Blair be making the announcement
Whoever sent word, tell them jts said they are full of shit. Also, if you want to drive to the Bassetts house to confirm what I’m saying, head to Southwest part of the state..
 

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Sounds like BB and PJ Duke (and Mullen) were in town

@El-Jefe - any intel from your deep state contacts?
I'm only aware of those 3. Wouldn't surprise me if more were there.

Folks attending the match: any chance you saw this guy? Not that I expected him to attend today, just that eventually he will.

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