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.
Is it true that Hughes is a Trustee of Summit Academy??!!This really
stinks.Back room politics.
Someone here mentioned Hughes and Summit. He's a Trustee.Is there a
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.
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.
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.
I wonder if Hughes has kids going to Summit Academy? If he does, he has a
conflict of interest and needs to butt out.
@ JHP How does Nevada run their high school athletics? Shouldn't you be
more concerned with how your state handles these questions? Just asking.
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.
From this article it appears that their lobbyist has not helped them at all.Greg Hughes has a conflict.Something doesn't smell right.
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.
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
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. )
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.
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
Hughes needs to move on ... Who voted for this guy?