Complications of H-F Basketball Lawsuit: Opinion

A perspective on the recent H-F girls basketball lawsuit from veteran sports writer Bill Scheibe.

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.

JoeyJoeJoeShabadoo January 19, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Why does it matter if HF is able to compete athletically at the highest level? Academics are becoming an afterthought at the school. We moved here for the supposedly great school system, and were happy to take on higher property taxes for it. But I'm not impressed. Academically, HF is only marginally better than 227 and other area high schools, yet we seem to think sports is THE reason for schools to exist. This is not the girls' fault. This is not the coach's fault. We (myself included) have become so obsessed with being entertained, and sports is a huge area of entertainment. We talk about how team sports teach valuable lessons (and they can, in the right hands), and we further justify it by looking at the scholarship opportunities. I teach in a low-income high school, and I see the outsize emphasis on athletics as the "only way out" for kids. Academics? What, you think my kid is Poindexter? Does anybody wonder why those scholarships exist? So colleges can help disadvantaged kids thrive in challenging, collegiate environments. Right! The scholarships are there because athletics are more important at most "colleges" than STEM, reading, and writing. Because college sports bring in more money per capita than academic tuition, we pay lip service to the notion of college "education" while watching unpaid entertainers sacrifice studying and research so we can drink bud lite and attach our asses to the couch. Is it naive to think school sports. - at the HS and college level - could be an after school activity with the purpose of giving kids a workout and a few lessons about teamwork?
Juvenal January 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Recruiting a winning coach without regard for the effect it will have on HF student athletes. Letting them play in a $25 million gym financed by overtaxing residents for years and squirreling their money away, thus avoiding the referendum process needed for a bond issue. Burying the cost in publications and simply referring to the project as "renovations." Holding the meeting to approve the $25 project at a barely publicized Monday morning meeting thus avoiding public input. It is no surprise that a basketball coach feels he can do what a wants, screw over the local athletes already here and walk the line of illegal and unethical conduct to get what he wants: Von and his rubber-stamp Board have showed him - and all of us -- how it's done.
Dan January 29, 2014 at 08:20 AM
was she a free agent?
Tom Losh February 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Lawyers are ruining this country!
Ajack February 19, 2014 at 09:24 AM
This country is ruining this country.


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