Colquitt-Hoover game jeopardized by GHSA ruling

Colquitt County had planned to play national power Hoover of Alabama on Labor Day Monday in an ESPN-televised football game, but the Georgia High School Association ruled Monday not to allow it.

GHSA rules don’t permit schools to play two football games in the same week except in emergencies. Colquitt is scheduled to play Lovejoy five days later, on a Saturday.

‘’The chance to play on ESPN is not an emergency,’’ GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said at the GHSA’s executive committee meeting Monday. Swearngin said his job wasn’t to make the bylaws, just to enforce them as they exist.

Hoover has won seven state championships in Alabama’s highest class since 2000, the first five under coach Rush Propst, who now is Colquitt’s head coach. Propst and Hoover gained national fame because of MTV’s “Two-A-Days,’’ which chronicled Hoover’s 2005 and 2006 seasons.

The meeting of two high-profile programs from bordering states and Propst’s return to Hoover made the game a natural attraction for ESPN’s network.

“By us not being able to play on Monday, we’re going to lose great exposure for high school football in this state,’’ Propst said. “It still may happen [that the two teams would play the week before on a Friday], but I’m not sure of that. We possibly could lose that game because they [Hoover] really wanted that ESPN prime-time game.’’

Propst noted that Colquitt’s football players would miss more class time by playing on a Friday since Monday is a holiday.

The GHSA occasionally has allowed schools to make up weather-postponed games on Mondays, even if it meant two games in a week, but generally only if it was a region game that could not be replayed otherwise.

Making an exception for Colquitt County would’ve entailed a change in the bylaws, Swearngin said. None was proposed to the executive committee Monday.

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Rush Propst

April 15th, 2013
1:13 pm

Let me clarify what I mean in the comment “[b]y us not being able to play on Monday, we’re going to lose great exposure for high school football in this state…” what I meant to say was, “I’m going to lose some exposure which will help my ego which sorely needs some stroking since I’m unable to win a state title in Georgia due to a higher level talent and better coaching I’ve come in contact with since I’ve left Hoover….”

FridayNightLightsFan

April 15th, 2013
1:14 pm

This is great exposure for GA High School Football and the young men involved. I for one am disappointed in GHSA for not allowing the game. Hopefully they can find a way to make this work.

HSFAN

April 15th, 2013
2:50 pm

Another hater at the top of the comments page. Say what you want, but Propst and Colquitt have been very competitive since his arrival at Colquitt, state title or not. Can think of a lot of teams that would love to have their success, mine included.

FanfromtheCoast

April 15th, 2013
3:00 pm

Rush Propst put in his application for the Camden job. There was no interest. Looks like to me he wants out of Colquitt…. badly.

Love the Game

April 15th, 2013
3:11 pm

This is GHSA at its finest. Overruling and micromanaging at every turn. They don’t let the dot coms like Scout, Rivals, 247, ESPN, etc have credentials for the state title games either and that is just idiotic. There are guys who want to cover those events who want to tweet it out to a total of over 10k followers. But the GHSA can’t find a way to squeeze a $ out of it. Greed and incompetence.

Simple Solution

April 15th, 2013
5:53 pm

“GHSA rules don’t permit schools to play two football games in the same week except in emergencies. Colquitt is scheduled to play Lovejoy five days later, on a Saturday.”
Play Hoover on Monday then forfeit the Lovejoy Saturday game.

Colquitt County Administration knew the rule before getting involved with ESPN. They hoped to get the GHSA to bend the rules for them.

Colquitt Fan

April 15th, 2013
7:17 pm

Fanfromthecoast; that’s a load of crap. Dude has it made in Moultrie. Plus Camden offers NOTHING that Moultrie can’t, except recruiting more players. Colquitt still beats them

Alumni Trojan

April 15th, 2013
10:14 pm

Was CC aware of the date of this game prior to the 2013 fb schedule being announced? Or did it occur afterwards?

HS football fan

April 15th, 2013
10:46 pm

Silly decision by the GHSA but no surprise from that group. Colquitt players will miss much more class time playing in Hoover on a Friday night instead of on Labor Day which is a school holiday. Also, sometimes teams with community stadiums may play on a Saturday and then the next Thursday every now and then, which is the same number of days between games.

Know it all

April 16th, 2013
7:25 am

@ HS football fan – The rule is not based on rest days. The rule is simply stated- one game per week. The GHSA feels a week starts on Sunday (rule 2.69 Dead Week definition). Colquitt decided to contract a game involving a school 280 miles away. Now if Colquitt felt they should be able to change the By-Laws they should have presented it during the new business section of Monday’s meeting.

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GoPackGo

April 16th, 2013
11:39 am

Rush Propst did not apply at Camden. That is 100% factual! Why make up bullsh@% like that?

FanfromtheCoast

April 16th, 2013
12:39 pm

Sorry….but Propst did apply. Believe what you want Colquitt fans. Not making this up.

Colquitt Fan

April 16th, 2013
2:30 pm

If Propst applied for the Camden job he would be the coach there now.

Rossi

April 16th, 2013
2:33 pm

Russ Propst is all ego and thought GHSA would treat him special. Go back to Alabama if you don’t like the rules in Georgia.

DiamondBaseball9

April 16th, 2013
3:15 pm

This GHSA stuff is getting out of control. It is about as bad as the government at this time. These kids get to play 4 years of high school sports and you have a governing body with a dictator sitting up there making decisions. How many of these young men will get to play on ESPN again? Ok, not many. GHSA find something more important to do than have no common sense. Who cares about the coaches it is about the kids. WAKEUP!

topper

April 16th, 2013
4:45 pm

FanfromtheCoast – Where did you get this info?

Colquitt Fan – I don’t believe he would have got the job IF he had applied. But honestly he’s got a good gig there in Colquitt and don’t believe he applied.

Simple Solution

April 16th, 2013
4:56 pm

@ Diamond- “you have a governing body with a dictator sitting up there making decisions”… Who is the dictator? There is an Executive Director that has to follow the rules the 55 person Executive Committee establishes…. One game a week and a week begins on Sunday (per GHSA Dead Week Policy). Play Labor Day on ESPN but forfeit the Saturday game…. or get the Lovejoy game moved to an open week…

GoPackGo

April 17th, 2013
6:37 am

Rush Propst did NOT apply at Camden. That is 100% fact. Get over it FanFromtheCoast.

Camden74

April 17th, 2013
10:27 am

Colquitt Fan, what proof do you have that Camden recruits players? :-D

Colquitt Fan

April 17th, 2013
1:30 pm

I didn’t know it was a secret lol. I also need to add that I see nothing wrong with recruiting players. If you aren’t doing then you’re falling behind from the start

pioneer

April 17th, 2013
4:19 pm

Very surprising from GHSA. One of the fairest playoff systems among all states and yet now a decision as silly as this. As provincial as Ohio was 35 years ago. btw, Camden would have NO interest in Propst! Different type of man wanted in Kingsland.

Camden74I

April 17th, 2013
8:31 pm

Guess it’s a secret to everyone but you. It’s obvious it’s not a problem in your neck of the woods! :-)

FanfromtheCoast

April 18th, 2013
7:18 am

Propst applied at Camden. My information is straight from those involved in the hiring at Camden. Im from Camden. They did not contact him, as they were looking for a Coach with integrity.

Sorry Colquitt fans. Its the truth.

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
7:18 am

Colquitt hasn’t had any more transfers than any other schools in recent years, probably less. Most of it goes on in the metro area but everybody does it.

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
8:51 am

Simply transferring versus being recruited are entirely different……. :-)

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
10:03 am

So ours are recruits but Camden’s is transfers? Seems fair. You prolly really believe that too. An the guy talking about integrity, it takes a lot of integrity take “transfers” an run the score up on those lowly opponents for all those years.

topper

April 18th, 2013
10:18 am

Colquitt Fan – Running up the score? What the heck did want them to do? All starters were usually pulled before halftime and jv and freshman played in the second half. All we did was play the teams put in front of us. As for recruiting I don’t believe it goes on nearly as much as people think a good program recruits for itself without a coach or anybody else saying a word to the kid. I mean why wouldn’t a kid want to play for a coach like Propst or Herron?

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
11:08 am

Colquitt Fan, seems to me that you’re trying to justify what Colquitt’s been doing for the past 5-6 years. There’s no justification, so stop trying! :-)

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
11:56 am

Topper, as I said above, I don’t see anything wrong with players changing schools. Everybody does it. You have to if you wanna keep up with the times. Kids absolutely want to play for Propst and Colquitt has some here. Not a lot but some. And why wouldnt they? propst has sent over 50 kids to college since being in moultrie. Why some teams won’t admit is crazy. Like 74 sayin we recruit but Camden transfers players. What exactly has Colquitt done the past 5-6 years. It’s just funny that its the same few people attacking Colquitt and Propst ever year. Just being jealous

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
1:12 pm

Colquitt Fan, if you’ve noticed, I only used your words to make my point. It was you who said Colquitt recruits players…. :-)

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
2:08 pm

Where did I say that? I said everybody recruits, not Colquitt. I’m sure there have been a couple here and there but most just move to Moultrie. I’m still tryin to figure what Colquitt has been doing for 5-6 years

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
3:15 pm

How did the players who were too OLD to play HS Football in Alabama end up at Colquitt? :-)

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
6:08 pm

How can somebody too old be cleared by ghsa?

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
6:33 pm

Why did they not play in Alabama and ended up at Colquitt? :-)

Colquitt Fan

April 18th, 2013
7:57 pm

Why does any kid transfer? :)

Camden74

April 18th, 2013
8:32 pm

I’m sure there are many reasons for transfer, but transferring just for sports is probably the least of them…….. :-)

sportsnut

April 19th, 2013
8:32 am

A program does sell itself. Win and there is no need to recruit. On another note, what makes anyone think the GHSA would change any rule ? Also, we don’t want a forfiet, reschedule, delay or any other obstruction to our date with them.

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