FNF Coaches Talk for 10/9

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to finalize the game plan for this week. Make these days count because Friday will be here before you know it! Want to read about some trending topics in the world of high school football? Here’s what we’re talking about today.

1. No. 16 Mission Viejo (California) Forfeits Four Games (High School Football America)

Can you imagine taking four of your team’s hard-earned wins and changing them to losses at this point in the season? That’s exactly what happened to the 16th-ranked team in the nation, Mission Viejo High (Calif.). Due to a clerical error on the part of the school’s administration, coaches were not notified that a player was academically ineligible to play football at the start of the season. That means Mission Viejo had to forfeit four of its games, bumping the team’s record from 8-0 to 4-4. Here’s the quote from MV Principal Tricia Osbore.

“On Friday afternoon, MVHS administration discovered that the football team had inadvertently played an ineligible player during the first four games of the 2018-2019 season. After investigating, it was discovered that due to an error in paperwork submission, the player in question, was in fact, not eligible. MVHS immediately contacted (the CIF-Southern Section) to self-report the error on Friday, October 5th. Per CIF guidelines, the school will forfeit the four games that the ineligible athlete participated in.”

I’m shocked this could happen at the start of the school year. It seems like something that would be more likely to happen after the first marking period, when the player was already an active team member and the administration doesn’t have the entire summer to review its records.

Oh well, all is not lost for Mission Viejo.

“Mission Viejo now is 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the South Coast League with two league games left against San Clemente and Tesoro. If MV finishes in the top two in the league, the Diablos will qualify for the playoffs. They would need a .500-or-better overall record to be eligible for at-large berth consideration, if they don’t finish among the league’s top two teams.”

Here’s our question for coaches: Have you ever had to forfeit games in-season? How do you rebound from that setback?

2. FNF Georgia Coverboy Jadon Haselwood’s Team Beat Opponent 87-0. Disrespectful? (USA Today)

We’ve been big fans of Jadon Haselwood, who is the top-rated wide receiver in the country, since his early days at Cedar Grove High (Ga.). We even decided to put Haselwood on the cover of our 2018 edition of FNF Georgia. Haselwood is front and center.

Haselwood isn’t exactly making headlines for good reasons in this story, but we’re not exactly sure how the standout wide receiver is getting blamed for running up the score. Isn’t it the coach’s job to keep it respectable while the players give it their all? Anyway, here’s some feedback from the story.

“Haswelwood, the top-rated receiver and No. 7 overall recruit in the Chosen 25, is the star for Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga. On Friday, 6-1 Cedar Grove blew past 0-7 Towers High School by a final score of 87-0. If you think maybe the final score wasn’t truly that harsh, it was, as the highlights you see above attest.”

Here’s the highlight video. Decide for yourselves.

Question for coaches: When do you decide to stop scoring in the name of sportsmanship?

3. New Law Reduces Barriers to Athletic Trainers (Coach and AD)

Here’s a story for coaches who have trainers on their staff or sidelines. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association announced Friday that the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was signed into law. What does it mean?

“The new law significantly improves legal protections for athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals, when traveling outside of their primary state of licensure to deliver medical care to their athletes. NATA calls this a tremendous step in providing necessary and critical health care to all athletes by reducing the barriers for these health care professionals in caring for their patients.”

It seems like a rule that might be more relevant to college trainers than high school, but we thought we’d post since some high schools are playing out-of-state games early in the season to help boost their national rankings.

How is your relationship with your athletic trainers? Do you have tips for how to foster a good relationship?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk!