UHSAA rules changes in wake of ineligible player rulings last fall another step closer to reality

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    We need to really define what the UHSAA is. The problem is that it doesn't know what it is or its basic structure is flawed.

    First you have the Executive Directors led by Rob Cuff. They are hired by the Board of Trustees/Executive Committees to handle the paperwork, track records, execute state competitions and generally advise on athletic matters. And in Cuff's case, really take the heat for the other aspects of the UHSAA which are generally dysfunctional.

    The Executive Committee is made up of administrators, one from each region and perhaps others. Unfortunately, they are made up of principals who independently act in what they see as the the best interests of their school and community but rarely concern themselves with the best interest of the sport or competition or what is fair and right.

    The Board of Trustees, made up of ex-administrators, school board members and superintendents is even worse than the Executive Committee.

    As one can see, the further one goes up the food chain the worse the decision making process gets. Cuff and his cohorts try to enforce policies but then they overturned often by one of these other bodies.

  • RobertSailing Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    The UHSAA is a joke, they are just trying to justify their existence. Someone should audit this organization for corruption.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    The UHSAA has lost all credibility...the latest realignment was a joke. It was very political and it came down to which schools had representation on the BOT....everyone else had to fend for themselves.....now this. The UHSAA is no friend to schools and what is in their best interest.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Yep I was thinking the same thing FBgramps, if you say that if the athlete lies, then the team or school won't be punished, then all it is is a game of plausible deniability! It becomes easy for the AD or coaches to say that they didn't know the truth and can't be punished based on what a teenager told them. I'm with you and say that part of an AD job description should be following up on and making sure that any and all student athletes are eligible, and if there are ANY questions, then they should be held out until fully cleared to play. Problem solved.

  • FB_Grandpa So Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    So let me get this straight. If an athlete and/or his/her parents lie about something, then the school/team is not held responsible! Why do we not have the school AD and coach verify any student athlete who is a transfer or out of boundary first entry? The school has to be held responsible ultimately or the cheating will continue. If you had a coach and AD have to sign and verify the eligibility of every player, with the punishment as being fired for lying/intentional deceiving, many of these issues would disappear. If I read this article correctly, mercy to the school/team if the athlete and/or parents lied about an address, etc to become eligible. That does absolutely nothing to solve the problem, and only punishes the player IF he/she gets caught. The UHSAA needs to get a backbone.