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Published: Monday, Aug. 12 2013 1:40 a.m. MDT

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Sheamus
Salt Lake City, UT

I still have an issue with East on how they run their program and how they get their kids. A Polynesian friend once told me, "if you are Polynesian you either play for East or Highland, nobody else." So there is a drive to get Polynesian kids into those programs, I believe a collaboration between parents and administration. Nonetheless, whether East cheated or not is not the point. The point is they broke a rule whether intentional or not should've been punishable by an elimination from playoffs yet whined enough, and protest enough to the historically spineless UHSAA (let's hope they have toughened up) to re-instate them. Hopefully the UHSAA has learned their lesson and keeps an eagle eye on those teams that are on probation for even the most minute infraction this year. As other teams follow the rules and play fair, there are those that skirt the rules and ruin the integrity of sportsmanship, life lessons and High School Football. No reason to chastise the 4 coaches who left East off the ballot, I'd be p'oed too.

Wendall Hoop
Salt Lake City, UT

@Sheamus - you forgot to add Cottonwood and Bingham to your list. Even West has all Polynesians.

just sayin'
Woods Cross, UT

Don't forget the Timpview TBirds who wrote the book

airliner
Salt Lake City, UT

Too many out there griping about East (look at their preview in the other SL paper). If you are a coach, HS player, or parent of a HS student, control what you can control. Work on making your team better. Complaining about the "haves" vs the "have nots" is nothing more than wasted energy. It's time to move on.

East is the team to beat in Utah. Their preseason is brutal. They should fare well, and if they don't come out unscathed (they should), they have the benefit of playing top-tier talent heading into region. The only true competition they will receive in region will be from Highland and Bountiful.

This team has the potential to be one of the all-time best in the state of Utah.

UC Baller
Salt Lake City, UT

Re just saying....

I would take a shot at Timpview also. Especially since last year they ended your year/ killed the best team in WX history. And even on your home field!

GLENDALE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Sheamus - "A Polynesian friend once told me,"if you are Polynesian you either play for East or Highland, nobody else." So there is a drive to get Polynesian kids into those programs"

You realize that the Glendale area has the highest polynesian population in the state of Utah right? And Glendale is East High boundaries... You make it sound as though East is recruiting Polynesians from other areas to play for them when in reality it's the complete opposite. Schools like Cottonwood, Skyline, Brighton, Hunter and others have recruited East kids for years now. East would have a lot more than 16 state championships if that wasn't the case...

mab93
Provo, UT

@Sheamus - If a group of people decides that their children's needs are best met at a particular school, Utah gives them the freedom to go to that school. If you think someone is recruiting, it is really easy to set someone up to get them in trouble. All you have to do is have someone from another team complain about their team/program in front of a player from the team you suspect is recruiting. If they give tell you to contact their coach to see if he can help. At that point all the coach needs to do is direct them to the athletic directory and they have probation and a one game suspension.

I think it is sad that people are so bitter about the success of someone else that they feel they need to make extreme accusations and label a bunch of high school students cheaters over paperwork errors that didn't affect the outcome of any game.

play where you live
clinton, UT

Recruiting is not that easy to stop. Unethical coaches have no problem recruiting players. This whole East High mess would not have happened if they didn't recruit. They didn't get busted recruting, just got busted for "paperwork error".

Syracuse High football coaches recruit with no shame or threat of penalty. I would like to see how good these coaches were if they had to work with just the kids in their boundaries. Everybody just play where you live and quit recruiting, it is ruining HS Football.

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