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Published: Monday, May 28 2012 9:04 p.m. MDT

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guitarboy
South Jordan, UT

Amy, you've been reporting on this for a long time, and you've done a great job.

Except...there seems to be a gap. We have been waiting for some indication that proper due process owed to Coach Wong would be provided. If I missed an article, I hope you or somebody will point it out to me. Otherwise, we're left with the feeling that the termination of coach Wong may have been mishandled, and that the new hire is premature. This perception is unfair to coach Whittingham and coach Wong. Perhaps there is something you can do about this, in the way of further reporting. If due process as to coach Wong's situation has not occurred, that is worth reporting. If it has, that is worth reporting. If it has been reported, I apologize for missing it and would appreciate somebody pointing me to the article.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Great news!

Essentially this means all athletes who pass through this program will be piped straight to the U.

Keep 'em coming Timpview.

Utah's stranglehold on this state is getting even stronger.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

You know the question on everybody's mind is whether or not Cary is still a Cougar or does he now consider himself a Ute?

Best of luck to him and the kids at Timpview as well as to Coach Wong.

FaifeauSam
Lehi, UT

"Moving forward," as Coach Wittingham says, is still a bitter pill when one considers the black eye that Coach Wong has received. With the overall atmosphere which prevails throughout the Thunderbird campus, one would wonder where the buck really stops. Todd McKee has flexed his muscle and the school has lost a great coach, a very capable band director and a successful tennis coach. Is there something wrong with this picture? Is everything well in Zion or are the problems only beginning to show? I hope, for the sake of the kids, that 2012-13 can be a success for this lighthouse school, and instead of worrying about keeping balance between the two high schools, there will be a cleansing of the administration (at the district level) from the top down. Let's hope that the students and the student-athletes can move on from here even though they have learned a lesson in civics and how civil disobedience does not always win when those at the top have egos to stroke and the power to force their way to be enforced. Kia Kaha!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

This is a great choice for Timpview although it is painful to see a Bulldog leading the Thunderbirds. Cary will do a great job there.

@tomahawk red

Cary Whittingham has been on the Timpview staff for several years running the defense and the vast majority of Timpviews D1 quality defensive players have still gone to BYU. These high school coaches do not play favorites with colleges although we can assume since Cary is Kyle's brother he will have nothing but good to say about him to his players. Quality HS coaches look out for all of the boys in their programs and try to cultivate good relationships with all of the college programs in the state. I would be very surprised if Cary tries to do anything to jepordize those relationships. Plus the Timpview area, and the majority of the parents in the area, are staunch BYU fans, Cary would not be foolish enough to alienate those people, his job depends on them.

Just another clueless nonsensical post from a utah "fan".

plyxply
SLC, UT

I still think it's a shame the way the school district trampled Coach Wong's reputation. Every high school coach has to re-evaluate whether all of their hard work and efforts for the boys they mentor is worth the witch hunts that seem to follow the best coaches.
Maybe all the coaches should produce mediocre teams and stay out of the spotlight, otherwise the power hungry school boards will cut them down to size.
Good luck to Coach Whit, I'll be there watching his opener against Alta, tough way to start a career for Coach Whit but I'm sure he'll be great.

reasonableUTE
Provo, UT

I know for a fact that Cary supports the Utes, but I think he has enough integrity to let the boys make their own decisions... I'm sure he'll put in a good word for his brother, but I don't think he will talk bad about BYU either.

Straight Forward>>>
utah, UT

I think its a great hire for Timpview and the community. I love to see when a school uses its resources and hires individuals that are vested in the well being of the kids he serves. I hear Wasatch is most likely losing a great youth baseball coach to another school. It is hard for me to understand why Wasatch would not want to use the great coaching that surrounds them in the valley, instead they stay with the status quo, because its the easy thing to do. Administrators have an obligation to find and hire the best coaches. Just as they would the best teachers. Its more than just filling a position....

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@reasonableUTE

I think you are spot on with your entire post.

fender
Washington, UT

Duck

Agree with you this is a smart hire nobody can reasonably take issue with. The Wittinghams are football guys top to bottom, and this will be great for TV. HS coaches, like everybody else, have favorites, but very few "play" favorites. When it does happen it's usually based on how a coach perceives his players have been treated (or mistreated) by a college program. In any case LDS kids tend to want to go to BYU and most non-LDS kids won't consider it. Almost all TV kids are LDS, so Coach Wittingham's influence on instate recruiting would be negligible anyway.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

""I hope so," he said. "It's been a tough year for the community and everybody associated with the program. It's time to get back to focusing on what's best for kids. Timing wise, it was time (to hire a new coach).""

That's funny McKee. You've done anything but help the community and everyone associated with the program. When Wong was dismissed, you refused to name Cary as intern coach. A month or so ago, you again refused and decided to "open the job up." On Saturday, it got out that you were going to reject the committee's suggestions and hire a different coach who was never associated with Timpview.

"I think we've got a great person to take over," said McKee. "First and foremost, it was his honesty and integrity (that led to the administration's decision)."

Something McKee clearly lacks.

"I think (the community) will be overjoyed,"

of course they will be. For it was they who pressured you to hire Whittingham. After it got out on Saturday that you were going to hire another person, the community came together with over 1,000 signatures overruling your decision.

satch
Highland, UT

I agree with the first post. This is poor judgement on Timpview if this matter hasn't been resolved with Coach Wong. We don't know all the facts, but people that know coach Wong knows that he is an honest person who has integrity and he should be given the opportunity to defend these accusations.

I find it hard to place any credibility in Timpview HS or Provo SD. It's not as if thousands of dollars were embezzled. I think there were some inconsistencies that needed explaining. if everything was run through the principal & a school finance director the blame should be shared, practices changes, and a man's life work shouldn't be put through the mud.

Sentinel
Ogden, UT

I have coached a High School sport (basketball) and know it is a huge job and responsibility. Glad that the new coach will have the support of the community.

I am not so sure about the pic of the Wittingham boys with their father- he was on the Rams coaching staff and the boys showed up and got dressed in Ram uniforms? What's up with that?

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Just a question: what happens if some judge says Coach Wong was improperly dismissed?

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

Sentinel,
The Whittinghams played for the Rams replacement squad in the 87 strike year.

eagle
Provo, UT

FaifeauSam:

From the looks of the two campuses and recent boundary decisions, I'm not sure if you could say that the PSD has been too majorly concerned about the two campuses being equal. And BTW, the school board did hire a new superintendent a month ago from Washington. The two previous superintendents have retired or will retired so it seems a new chapter is a foot.

As for the initial post on Coach Wong, I agree it would be nice to know where the investigation stands. I think with summer football starting, there was some need to name a coach. I think hiring Coach Whittingham, whatever the reason or process, seems to make sense. He seems the most able to continue the Wong legacy of the available options.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Sentinel

While that would be funny if Fred had just had his boys show up and put on Rams uniforms for a picture the fact is both Kyle and Cary played for the Rams as repl;acement players during the '87 strike season. They are legitimately wearing those uniforms and if you knew them you would know dressing up like that for a picture is not something anyone in that family would ever do.

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