Bunnell’s sudden (and, from the administration’s point of view, unexplained) withdrawal from the Ansonia football scrimmage wasn’t the only high school football news on Friday.
While that piece of interesting, but relatively unimportant news flooded the internet wires, here are some significantly more important tidbits you might have missed:
1. The SCC football coaches finally vote away tie games (Yes, the ADs still have to approve, but we have assurances they will and the SCC will finally make the leap into the 21st Century. Hallelujah! I says.)
2. New London is fined a whopping $250 by the mighty CIAC after the Whalers reported their own recruiting violations in this story reported by The Day of New London.
(Apparently a couple of eighth graders took part in a drill during last spring, leading to the self report and coach Jack Cochran‘s vow to pay it out of his own pocket. Almost as bizarre is the big Jack’s explanation that the kids “just jumped in there.” Priceless. But it’s not cheating if you report yourself, right?)
3. And last, but certainly not least: Longtime Seymour coach Paul Sponheimer confirmed his rumored retirement after the season.
I know Spoony can be tough to take if you’re not in his corner. He speaks his mind and loves to stir the pot. But he is an absolute classic, a guy who’s everything a football coach is supposed to be. He’s also guy who doesn’t take the game so seriously that he loses sight of its true value: building the lives of young men. His departure truly will be the end of an era in Valley and Connecticut football.
(Oh, by the way. To the BirdsNest guys out there: Spoony says you can put those Mike Osiecki-out-for-the-season rumors to rest. “He sat out the Central scrimmage,” Sponheimer said. “He’s fine.”