Uncut: Are DISD coaches teaching the wrong lessons?



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Posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 10:02 PM

If you didn’t get the chance to see Brett Shipp's report on DISD’s continued lack of action when it comes to disciplining coaches who don’t follow the recruiting rules, you should  go online at WFAA.com and watch it.

Brett has detailed story after story examining improper recruiting methods by DISD officials — actions for which the district has yet to render any real punishment.

It’s gone on for years and nothing’s been done.

Quite frankly, it has gone on in other districts, as Brett has pointed out. I’m talking about the Southlake Carroll quarterback a few years ago who showed up to play there after being booted off the field in Oklahoma.

The DISD tragedy is, that it’s gone on so many times, for so long, and no one seems to want to do anything serious about it; not the district athletic officials who made so much noise over the questionable assembly of Deion Sanders’ charter school players, not "Miracle" Mike Miles, who at $300,000 per year, has swooped in from Colorado Springs promising a new-and-improved district that, at least in this case, looks a lot like the old one.

Perhaps we should call in the NFL’s replacement refs — after all, they’re out of work — and though they may have missed a call or two, they at least tried to do the right thing.

Kids will never walk the straight and narrow so long as they see the adults around them bending or breaking the rules whenever it suits their purposes.

It cannot be repeated enough: young people don’t need good advice, they need good examples. Few of which they’ve seen exhibited in these controversies surrounding recruiting.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.