As news of the recently filed lawsuit claiming Homewood-Flossmoor High School allowed their girls basketball coach to recruit star players spreads, Bill Scheibe of the Sun-Times Media cautions the public to understand the complexity of the situation.
The sports writer of over 30 years wrote an opinion piece explaining the current state of high school sports, and how their increasingly competitive nature has made student athlete transferring all the more common.
“Let’s be honest. The theory that the high school level is the last, pure bastion of sport has been on a slippery slope for years. When contact days for high school coaches went from unlimited to none to a limited amount, that opened a Pandora’s box."
He goes on to describe the ensuing emergence of club, AAU and travel teams, and how “pay to play” has put and increased emphasis on scholarships. “That’s why so many kids transfer,” he argues.
You can read Scheibe’s full thoughts on the matter over on the Sun-Times Media’s website.