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Published: Tuesday, March 13 2012 7:57 a.m. MDT

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CURPHEW99
SANDY, UT

Now we all know that Coach Wong didn't do anything wrong. It's the Provo district wanting a piece of the pie and the problem is the Provo District needs to approach this correctly or Provo District will be under investigation for wrong doing and character defamation. Provo district feels that whatever any football program fundraises it should be shared by the whole district...the problem with that is Timpview Football program has worked hard to get this program where it's at and there is someone in the Provo District that will remain nameless that thinks this is a dictatorship but I say if you want funding for your district then get your lazy butt of your chair and fundraise and work for your own like Coach Wong and the Timpview community! Be careful with this Provo District you will be the ones who look bad! Just a warning!!

inthebooth
Murray, UT

for heaven's sake, they paid for coaches to have dinner together at Magelby's! on my, better an audit. Everyone knows that Timpview has raised and spent alot of money. Who cares. School district needs to spend their time on other things.

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

Those issues don't seem big enough to conduct a witch hunt. Timpview has done a great job rallying the support of the community and cash flows into their program because it is good.

Other schools can take a lesson from them.

Also, more corruption comes out of the bid process than anything else. Look at the bids for our roads. Kickbacks and fines galore. It wastes time and ultimately costs more money then going with someone who knows how to negotiate a good deal.

The game is played on the field. If Timpview beat you then that is the way it happened. Get on with your life!

Lavell
Walnut Creek, Calif

What a collective waste of time and money!!! Why continue to tarnish the name of an honorable coach in the press versus letting the audit process work itself out and then report on the findings? I'm sickened that this is what the DNews wants to spend their time on pretending they are 60 minutes. How about spending some cycles on "real" newsworthy items?

COUGARNATE
Lyman, WY

Success breeds contempt from those, who are not as successful. I am currently a football official in Wyoming, but I have also officiated in Utah in the past, and I see it everywhere I have been. Successful programs are relentlessly under scrutiny by those who are less successful, and they will try to find anything to bring them down. That is what seems to be going on here. Someone is tired of being second fiddle to the mighty T-Birds.

My 2 Bits
Orem, UT

I wish they would release the full report. Wong isn't the only problem. They are turning him into a fall guy. This problem exists through the whole school. I am more frustrated with the personal trips to Disney World, and Atlanta that were uncovered by the principal. This is a whole school, not one coach. This is a problem. And right now there is a group led by a Timpview football coach to stack the school board. I have known about it, and it came out in the paper yesterday. They need to release the audit, move on, and allow the voters a chance to get in good school board representation. The timing of this is poor at best. If I turned in personal expenses on my business returns and got audited, I would have to pay them back with penalties. Why is a school district any different.

TimpAlum
Orem, UT

This is not about people being bitter and envious of the success of Timpview. This is about an "honorable" coach behaving inappropriately. This is not an isolated incident. Rather it was a pattern of behavior that involved Coach Wong and others knowingly and intentionally circumventing and ignoring established policies. It speaks volumes about the morals of those who continue to deny any wrongdoing or who continue to make excuses for what occurred. Bottom line is, despite all the good that Coach Wong has done for the program, he showed a lack of character by using those funds for personal benefit and acted like he was above reproach.

plyxply
SLC, UT

Sounds to me like a few parents of kids who didn't get playing time, or maybe played at a rival school and got beat by Timpview every year making noise about nothing. It's no wonder most of the good high school coaches retire so quickly, they have to deal with petty little parents who cry about everything and school boards trying to grab some headlines.
Get rid of the losers on the school board and hopefully Coach Wong is at Timpview for many years!

bballgymrat
1260 s 1600 w, orem

Plyxply, I love it when there is a situation like this and people start to blame parents. Without parents donating the money and paying for all of the athletic teams club and high school alike would there really even be a program? Blame the parents all you want but I always laugh at somebody who blames the revenue source. The blame here is on the administration of the money not those that are donating. Brilliant Plyxply way to break down.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Utah sports, and high school sports/athletics at that. Gotta love it! If any of this is verified, based solely from what I read here, which is all I can go by, seems like the Timpview Administration should take the most heat, and the former principal "retired." Administration is who handles the bidding processes, and I would guess a contract with Underarmour isn't signed without Admin. approval. A couple of those checks might be linked directly to Wong. Is that enough for him to lose a job over this? Only time will tell.

slcftball
Salt Lake City, UT

I dont see how a Coach can be held responsible when there are no guidelines. How was he suppose to know something was wrong when there is no rule to follow (hence the District trying to write the rules now and even they cant agree)...and on top of that the Principal approved everything.

So the Administration should be to blame at the school...classic witchhunt. and if the power wants someone gone, the scary part is they will make a one penny expenditure stand and fire him wait and see....

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

I am employed by the taxpayer and have budget responsibility. I would not have the taxpayer or our donors pay for my car repair or fly my spouse on a trip. I would also be in trouble if I unbundled payments to avoid a bidding process. While unfamiliar with high school accounting practices, the instances sited in this and other articles indicate someone who was accustomed to working around the system. Whether these problems came to light through bitter parents, jealous competitors, or a new accounting-savvy principle is not the point. The point is that someone played well outside the boundaries that have been set up to protect tax payers and donors alike. It seems like Timpview needs to get its organizational controls back in order. Congratulations to the new principal for taking the first step.

utahcountyfan
Springville, Utah

This is just one of MANY issues of Timpview and Coach Wong...he needs to take responsibility for his actions. He KNEW exactly what he was doing along with the administration at the school. They all should be looking for new jobs VERY SOON. Wong should not be the only fired for this issue. GOOD JOB HUNTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slcftball
Salt Lake City, UT

Now maybe Springville can beat Timpview more than once in 25 years, right Springville Fan?

You will still get pounded by them so don't get too excited....

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