The debate about who should govern high school sports continues as UHSAA votes to change governing board

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  • small school fan Duchesne, UT
    Feb. 17, 2017 12:39 p.m.

    It is ALL about the money. If the private schools and charter schools aren't paying in, the UHSAA loses money, so they can't stand up tp them, for fear of losing them. If the private schools can't win enough, they can't recruit players and sponsors, and they lose money and prestige. If Mr Hughes can't rig the system, his school loses money and he loses power.

    At some point, everyone needs to remember why we have high school sports in the first place. And it ISN'T to teach power politics and build better campuses, in case someone is confused about it.

  • Dadofboys Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 12:28 p.m.

    Is it true that Hughes is a Trustee of Summit Academy??!!
    This really stinks.
    Back room politics.

  • MOMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Someone here mentioned Hughes and Summit. He's a Trustee.
    Is there a scandal here?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:44 p.m.

    Inter-school athletics is expensive. I can't understand why public school money is spent on athletics while our elementary schools are seriously overcrowded and our teachers are seriously underpaid. Inter-school sports, if we have them at all, should be financially self sustaining.

  • Alligatorz Morgan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 2:11 p.m.

    It's a travesty that 2A/3A schools in rural towns compete with suburban private schools. We had great hope that with the new 6-region realignment, something would be done, but the UHSAA has no backbone. As a result, here we go again with Juan Diego and Judge Memorial taking on our rural schools for the next two years. It is a joke and needs to change. The last 4 years, either JM or JD has won state football. How many region championships, semi-final and finals appearances and state championships do these schools have in other sports?

    Other states recognize the unfair advantage open-boundary schools have over small, closed-boundary schools. These states employ a variety of things to ensure competitive balance is maintained, such as using multipliers to force private schools to play up a division, placing private schools in their own region, making them independent, etc.

    Can someone from UHSAA please help us understand why you believe placing private schools with rural schools is equitable? Not sure if legislative oversight is the best solution, but I am convinced that the UHSAA needs a better perspective on placement of private schools for athletic competition.

  • root for the underdog Delta, Ut
    Feb. 15, 2017 1:49 p.m.

    While I don't think the State School Board belongs in the business of high school activities, I also don't like how UHSAA handles issues. As far as I'm concerned, UHSAA isn't responsive to any of the rural schools and have become nothing more than "money grubbers". That is evident by the hybrid regions and classifications some of the rural schools have been stuck in and the fact that I have to pay an arm and a leg for my family to go watch my own son participate in sports. My solution is for all rural schools to start their own rural schools league. We could do away with a lot of the administrative costs, like Cuffs 6 figure income.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:33 a.m.

    I wonder if Hughes has kids going to Summit Academy? If he does, he has a conflict of interest and needs to butt out.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:22 a.m.

    @ JHP How does Nevada run their high school athletics? Shouldn't you be more concerned with how your state handles these questions? Just asking.

  • Common Sense Guy Richfield, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    Summit Academy basically wanted to enhance their ability to recruit, and then compete against small rural schools. If the inequity of that cannot be recognized, then we have the wrong people making decisions.

  • Dadofboys Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 9:24 a.m.

    From this article it appears that their lobbyist has not helped them at all.
    Greg Hughes has a conflict.
    Something doesn't smell right.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 9:03 a.m.

    Legislative involvement is a huge over reach of their powers.

    The issue is their children, in their private and charter schools, need a competitive advantage and this is the legislature's solution to gain that advantage.

    They have no conscience when it comes to the integrity of high school sports.

  • JHP Henderson, NV
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:54 a.m.

    Hopefully some needed accountability. It's great to have a private organization run things, but when they affect the participation and fates of thousands of students in public schools, they need to be more accountable to public institutions.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:54 a.m.

    Private schools, and their alignments, and their ability to pull players from virtually anywhere are big problems in Utah high schools. UHSAA is not responsive enough when objections are raised. Hence, the need to bounce things up to the legislative level.

    An example: JD and JM should be in a league with their other urban schools. It is a travesty to have them playing the rural schools. (I know JM had a downer year last year, but they will get back. They did win to win consecutive fball championships in 3a the years before, and JD continued to run by winning the last two. )

  • golf tooele, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    They need to separate private and charter schools from the public schools. Private and charter can then manage themselves go out and recruit whoever they want. Wasatch Academy is doing fine on their own. Its just doesn't make since to have Summit Academy recruit players from around the world and then go out and mess with small communities and their dreams of competing. Kudos to the UHSAA for not giving in.

  • Mig welder Huntington, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 7:31 a.m.

    The real problem is the private and charter schools. We all know they have a unfair advantage and compete against rural schools unfairly. EVERYONE knows this. They need their own league. I can guarantee you the good ole speaker of the house knows this. There never going to do a thing about it! I don't think they care all that much about rural schools or communities.
    I appreciate the charter schools and private schools that don't recruit. I cant post what I think about the other ones that cheat and recruit. At least the Wasatch Academy boys finally admitted it and went independent. I wonder where there two awesome girls came from this year that our on the Wasatch academy girls team??

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 5:38 a.m.

    Hughes needs to move on ... Who voted for this guy?