If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em? Harlem RB transfers to Lincoln County after 69-6 loss

Harlem sophomore running back Mike McIntire rushed for a team-leading 60 yards in a 69-6 loss to Lincoln County last week. This week, McIntire transferred to Lincoln County, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Campbell told the newspaper that McIntire is attending classes and awaiting a ruling by the Georgia High School Association on his eligibility.

Players are allowed to transfer during a sports season and become eligible. In 2010, defensive lineman Quinteze Williams went from Westlake to Sandy Creek just prior to the final regular season game and helped Sandy Creek win a Class AAA title. Williams, now a senior, has committed to Florida.

29 comments Add your comment

atlspxave

August 25th, 2011
12:54 pm

How is this possible? What about undue influence? Sounds like the NCAA everybody is tampering with everyone else’s players. When does this stuff stop? Who’s in charge? The GHSA definitely needs to be investigated if this continues. No rules are being enforced. This kid will most likely not be allowed to play this season because he sought permission.

K From Da Wood

August 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

It took a kid I know 6 games to go through the hardship process and become eligible on a legit move. How did the kid @ Sandy Creek become eligible that quickly?

valyboy32

August 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

i know i know but dont let creek’s fan base hear yall they’ll swear you lying

duva

August 25th, 2011
5:29 pm

How many people are dumb enough to think he can start at Lincoln County.. You did note the score.

confused

August 25th, 2011
8:14 pm

Rumor has it the family home was under foreclosure. So I would like to know how they were able to put a down payment down on a brand new home and both secured jobs within a few days????

Wondering

August 25th, 2011
11:57 pm

Do any of you people have a life? Really! I know these people well and looks to me like nobody has anything better to do but harrass and assume. Why are you so worried about a family moving? Who said they have new jobs? Who said they were in foreclosure? Did you get it straight from the horse’s mouths? If you only knew what these people are going through from the bashing and all the assumptions from people like you. Does their moving personally affect you? If not, who cares. Shut up, get a life and leave them alone! Unless you have the facts, and have the proof of any wrong doings, keep your pathetic predictions and comments to yourself. What do you people gain by this? What has this family and especially this 15 year old boy done to any of you? Shame on all of you so called “Adults”!!

68 Viking

August 26th, 2011
12:17 am

wondering…..I don”t know that i totally agree with you, But you sure as heck stated and argued your case very well….I am glad someone is standing up for this family

atlspxave

August 26th, 2011
9:32 am

@Wondering you are the reason these types of things are not being fully investigated. There’s always a “homer” willing to look the otherway when the rules are being exploited. While it doesn’t affect me, it does someone. I’m not going to be quiet. High School sports is be ruined by moves like this. The children don’t make these decisions, it’s the greedy @$$ parents who want their baby boy to be a superstar. I’ve watched since last season and seen time and time again parents make a decision to move their “stud” to other programs in hopes of getting the star label. IT DOESN’T WORK!!!! In 95% of the cases I’ve personnaly seen they were NOT “bona fide moves” and involved UNDUE INFLUENCE – RECRUITING!!!!
Anyone with half a brain will look at this and WONDER!!!

atlspxave

August 26th, 2011
9:32 am

..being ruined…

valleyboy32

August 26th, 2011
10:23 am

started with the nfl now college and since ga is now in the top 5 in the country in highschool ft.ball talent hummmmmmmmmm!!!!!

shabo

August 26th, 2011
12:22 pm

First the Fat boys, Now this……….leave the kid alone.

imfromharlem

August 26th, 2011
2:08 pm

Do any of you know the athletic scholarship rate for Harlem High School? Do any of you know how many great athletes came through Harlem and never saw a college uniform? Do any of you know the dictatorship of a coaching staff is at Harlem? Have any of you played at Harlem; even attended a game? It’s sad!! We should be happy for this kid and his parents for making a critical decision for this boys future. He almost waited too late!! I’ve been there, done that, and seen talent go to waste. It’s time for Jimmy and the rest of the good ol’ boys to go!!!

Mikey! You're my boy!

August 26th, 2011
4:12 pm

Best of luck to you now. I blocked for you last year, it was awesome man. I wish you so much luck at LC, you have a team that can back you now. It’s not too late to pull 1000 yards bro.

Stephen

August 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

No. No. No. This “transfer” is nothing more than a ploy for a kid to “play for a winner” and it clearly shows the lack of class of himself and his family. He is a selfish little glob.

Joe

August 28th, 2011
2:33 pm

This would be understandable if this was a college student or if his family was already planning on moving to another area where he’d be eligible to play at the other school.

However, a high school player moving out of town and transferring to another school just to play football is stupid-this is a waste of his family’s resources if the only reason for moving is for their kid’s future football scholarship to the University of Georgia. I wonder if he received any under-the-table “perks” to transfer and play ball at the other school?

With college/professional scouts already drooling over middle school kids and high school freshmen/sophmore players, there could be foul play involved here.

I’d need to know the true motivation for his family’s move before passing final judgement.

Denny

August 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

What a way to show your school spirit, son! These parents are teaching their son well, when things get tough: Bail out! I’m sure you’ll go far in life that way. I hope he spends the season on the bench! signed, a proud 38 year old Harlem High graduate.

HarlemBulldog

August 28th, 2011
5:09 pm

Here’s my thing: If the family had come and explained to his teammates why he was leaving them rather than coming to practice on Monday saying nothing and then attending Lincoln County High on Tuesday, maybe everyone would be a little more understanding about this move. The community of Harlem has been very supportive of this family in the past, and would continue to be if they had been up front with everyone. It seems Lincoln County knew about this move before anyone in Harlem. We found out the day he left, Lincoln County found out shortly after the game. Explain that.

Joseph Carreon

August 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

I attended Harlem and graduated in 1991. I have a nephew and a niece who both attended the school and are doing very well academically. Has anyone pointed out the fact that it is one of the best schools for academics in GA? NO! Apparently playing for a winning team is more important than getting a good education. As for any other reasons they may have moved….. Haven’t heard from the parents about any of that so until something different is presented, its all about the winning at sports and being a loser in life.

Intheknow

August 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

This kid is about 5′7-5′9. He is an average football player. I am not bashing the kid just stating facts. Sometimes being a big fish in a small pond obstructs your vision of the real world. The kid is simply to small to recieve money from a football program at the collegiate level. If the move was strictly for football purposes, then his family has done him a great disservice by drinking their own kool-aid.

Lincoln County Devil

August 29th, 2011
11:07 am

Have any of you ever thought about that his talent may actually be noticed here in Lincoln County. It’s not that his hometown sucked, it’s just that he and his parent saw a better chance at a scholarship here in Lincolnton.

McIntire#1fan

August 29th, 2011
11:14 am

@Intheknow Go look at many college teams you will find plenty of half back this size. Go look at Georgia Tech roster. And even if he is a average football player he is only a sophmore and has plenty of room for improving. So im sorry that yall went to Harlem and sucked or went to any other school and sucked but this kid did the right thing for his future.

HarlemBulldog

August 29th, 2011
12:32 pm

@Lincoln County Red Devil and McIntire#1Fan, if he moved for a better chance at a football scholarship, then why does his family keep insisting it wasn’t about football?

HarlemBulldog

August 29th, 2011
12:34 pm

And btw, you don’t know the history with this family and how supportive Harlem has been and why there is a lot of hurt because of the way they left.

Mclntire#1fan

August 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

You might be right @HarlemBulldog but no one has the right to slander him or his family. Instead of hiding behind fake names why don’t you go talk to them instead.

LC Devil

August 29th, 2011
2:39 pm

@ Denny, congrats on graduating. I’m very impressed in your dedication to your school. But don’t you think that if he wanted a scholarship then he would stay at a sorry school to play easily and to have better numbers? he had 60 yards against one of the best defenses in the state(Lincoln County). when he moved here, he didnt even get to tote the ball so yea it looks like he wants colleges to come watch him on special teams… maybe it really is financial reasons and not just sports but how would you know anyways?? let this kid/family lives their lives buddy

Wow

September 3rd, 2011
12:22 am

I wouldn’t want to play for Harlem in football either, the coaches are the worst I’ve ever seen. Every other school in the area would have already fired the coaching staff by now! Who cares where he goes to school, why practice your butt off day in and day out and on Friday night get your butt handed to you! I would be ashamed to say I went to Harlem anyways! The football team is an embarrassment and largely due to a coach who is way past his time? He should have been let go a looonnnngggg time ago… if Mickey wants a chance to earn a scholarship to play football Harlem High would be the last place to get one at. The coaches do nothing for those kids to promote them So I say do your thing Mickey and do t worry about all this stupid people with there negative remarks..

Will Wilhelm

September 4th, 2011
2:49 pm

First of all I gave known Mike since Rec league football, and I also attend Lincoln County with him. Everyone who doesn’t know the situation needs to be quiet. There is no “recruiting” going on at all. The kid moved because who the hell would want to play for Harlem????

zulucanibal

September 11th, 2011
5:08 am

It take pride to play for Harlem Will Wilhelm…you wouldnt know what pride is in a school cause your a fence jumper just like mike…NFL is all i got say.

Gerow 100

November 5th, 2011
2:32 pm

All of yall saying Mikey went for football probably no nothing about him. First off Ive known Mikey since middle school. Ive played ball with him. He’s way better at baseball than football so why would he want to go to LC? I think the family moved there because they wantd to move. Mikey you rock bro keep playing hard!