Report: Several Lowndes players quit team

Leading rusher Ahman Brown and several other players have quit the Lowndes football team this week, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Lowndes is 3-2 after losing last week to third-ranked Colquitt County 37-7. Lowndes also lost to Newton 15-14 in one of the season’s biggest upsets.

Brown has rushed for 311 yards this season. He had four carries for six yards against Colquitt. The newspaper also named offensive lineman C.J. Schell among those leaving the team.

Lowndes coach Randy McPherson would not confirm or identify the players who had departed.

“We’ve got a bunch of kids out there,” McPherson told the newspaper. “Eighty-five strong and 140 in the program.”

The Lowndes players’ departures weren’t the only major roster changes that have made news this week. Wheeler quarterback Elijah Staley, who is committed to Mississippi State, was dismissed this week after he argued with his head coach during a game last week.

Also on Thursday, Peachtree Ridge coach Mark Fleetwood confirmed that safety Nick Glass, formerly committed to Georgia, and Dru Moody, once the team’s leading tackler, are no longer with the team.

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AntiCorruptionUnit

October 3rd, 2013
7:02 am

“We’ve got a bunch of kids out there,” McPherson told the newspaper. “Eighty-five strong and 140 in the program.”

I like it, good luck to Coach McPherson and the Lowndes program.

5-Time

October 3rd, 2013
7:25 am

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

October 3rd, 2013
7:28 am

If they move can they play the rest of the year some place else?

PBJ

October 3rd, 2013
7:45 am

Elijah Staley’s mother tweeted on this website that she is proud of her son, what has happened to LISTENING to the COACHES and DOING what they say. I have seen so many times that kids will not or never listen to the coaches. To the parents, the coaches are the ones with the experience and has put in several years and hundreds if not thousands of hours of coaching and getting kids ready for practice & ballgames. You and them should be proud of the coaches and tell YOUR SONS to do what THEY say. THANK YOU

GoldenIslesFan

October 3rd, 2013
8:06 am

Did “BK” finish highschool???? maybe he can save Lowndes and go back and save the Vikings!!!

GO CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!

Just a Fan

October 3rd, 2013
8:41 am

Congrats to the Lowndes coach-disipline is essential for a strong program. The college rosters are now full of problem kids who cannot follow the rules. Dont be surprised if Lowndes improves after these “adjustments”.How long before we hear”fire the coach?”

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
8:51 am

Run the ball up the middle, the coach screamed! But it was wide open on the corner coach, the player replied. I don’t care, you do what I said do, the coach yelled.

seabass

October 3rd, 2013
9:11 am

Our spoiled rotten youth! And the young man’s mother is proud of her son disrespecting the coach. Proud of her son for standing up, and after 17 years this boys a head coach. I would pull all his scholarships!

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
9:17 am

We expect our kids to be obedient. If they are athletes, we expect them to be coachable. We also ask them to learn the games they play and be wise in their thought process. If a kid can see something that the coach does not, which is a given because he is actually on the field, why should the kid not be able to relay that to the coach or use it to his/her advantage?

We don’t know what happened but the adult is not always right. There are those that come here and talk about coaching for many reasons. Maybe the offense is stale and it is picked apart by onlookers. Maybe the D-backs need to jam the receiver’s at the line to slow the passing game. Who knows?

Lets not get on the players about not wanting to play. Maybe they feel that it should not be what it is. In life, sometimes as we get older and are set in our ways, it becomes difficult for others to tell us anything. Who said a coach can’t learn from a player. We see it a lot, coach’s talking about have a player on the field that is an extension of himself. There has to be a reason for their wanting to leave.

Camden74

October 3rd, 2013
9:26 am

AVikingFan……What’s up with the mutiny at Lowndes? :-)

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
9:27 am

Just read the Staley article. A kid ready to move on. He asked to do more for a reason. He is the one on the field. He was asked to apologize for asking for more responsibility? Sounds like there is an ego problem with the coach. If he were my son, I would tell him the same as his parents did, “I am proud of you son”.

Colquitt Fan

October 3rd, 2013
9:43 am

Dang, colquitt make em quit, literally. This sums up Lowndes, they all talk big and expect things to go their way and they quit when they don’t get it. Just like BK on this board. Talk so much you have to disappear after a loss. Heck, Lowndes had to cheat last year to win. They do whatever it takes no matter what they have to do. Then they wanna accuse Propst of bein unethical. What a bunch of sore losers

BIG JIM

October 3rd, 2013
10:00 am

hey coach tell them not to let the door hit them on the (rear end) on the way out

Rocko93'

October 3rd, 2013
10:05 am

Randy McPherson has over 10 years with the program… He’s proven and respected I’m sure… Lowndes has always been competitive, which has allowed kids the opportunity to play at the next level… My question, why would kids throw this opportunity away over something small? For this to be in the paper I’m sure the “players” involved played a major role on the team. Jury still out on this one… (need more details)

Baltisraul......

October 3rd, 2013
10:06 am

Sports nut……an ego problem w/ the coach, you say. Have you ever played sports? You want coaches w/ large ego’s. If you don’t like what your coach says or does just quite like Staley did. Mrs Staley’s comment is just symptamatic of how we shelter our kids from real life problems. The kid did the right thing and quit, not so much his mother. The coach shares no blame. He is coaching not baby sitting. His responsibility is to the rest of the team that now shows up for practice not the ones that left their teammates behind.

Mississippi State must be real proud about now!

stooge

October 3rd, 2013
10:11 am

Their life lesson here is that if things don’t go their way theycan just quit and to hell with everyone else. Nice

5-Time

October 3rd, 2013
10:14 am

Colquitt did not make anybody quit. Get serious. McPherson was probably tough on the kids at practice and they did not appreciate it. Did you read the article?? Anyways….We have a strong program here at Lowndes. So Lowndes will be okay. This is not the year for Lowndes. But they will bounce back. Bet dat!!

Bulldogmaniac

October 3rd, 2013
10:14 am

When i played HS football my coach would have yanked the kid up by his facemask and yelled a few choice words at the kid and told him to hit the locker room……then, the next day at practice the kis would have run until he puked and then ran some more.
Playing football at school is not your right…it is a previledge. You simply do not question your coach or his play calling. That is insulting the coach.

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
10:17 am

Staley did not quit. He was dismissed. And for what? Wanting to win? Have you ever played? If the coach was any good, he would listen to his Qb. He earned the spot and the responsibility that comes with it. This kid is an all-state player. It’s not like he does not know what he is talking about.

You may want a coach with a large ego, I would not. I would expect my coach to know his personnel and their abilities. If the kid can handle the job, let him do it.

Coach

October 3rd, 2013
10:22 am

Hey SportsNUT,

This is the problem with our kids they feel like they should not have to follow instructions or directives. Playing on a team is no different than being in the military. Sometimes the orders and missions are obviously stupid but you HAVE to FOLLOW no matter what until the leader has been disposed or retired.

You can’t decide what rules and regulations to follow. If you are on a team, you must follow the team guidelines.

As a coach and teacher, I see this everyday and parents like you support it. Yet you are shocked when schools and teams where the kids OBEY all rules and regulations win and succeed in all areas.
TYPICAL

Coach

October 3rd, 2013
10:23 am

Hey SportsNUT,

I teach and coach in Gwinnett County BTW!!

Coffee fan

October 3rd, 2013
10:23 am

McPherson is one of the best..if the kid can’t cut it let him go home to mom . Vikings will be ok and prolly better for it. He will not last long at Mississippi State.

smilesterr

October 3rd, 2013
10:24 am

My guess is that many of the posters here have not played organized sports? Oftentimes players get abused by coaches who have to follow daddy ball rules and play politics more than simply putting the best team on the field. My point is, some kids do not put up with the injustice and rebel. The kid from wheeler obviously is trying to improve his team’s performance on the field. Should not have been public about his disagreement with the coach, but looks like he was trying to be a leader of the team and improve their chances. Boys leaving the team in Lowndes sounds like their is some unfairness going on. We will never hear the truth as secret injustices are hardly ever exposed by the booster club, who is normally behind much of this.

Bottom line, your best players don’t just leave a team without a reason. Something is rotten in both of these programs to cause their better players departure.

BT

October 3rd, 2013
10:27 am

I have said it before, times are achanging!!! In my day, the coach was the coach and the player was the player…we did not get our roles mixed up. I was also told what to do, why to do it, and when to do it with no discussion.

In school and life it is all about TEAMWORK!!!

Coach

October 3rd, 2013
10:28 am

The QB at Wheeler is an all state player sure.

It does not mean he is better than the rest of his team. So what if they lost a game. The New England Patriots have lost Super Bowls. You never hear Tom Brady, who is a three time MVP ripping Belichek in the media. Why? The age old saying…

Stay in your lanes and do your job. Coach is a coach, the player is the player.

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
10:28 am

And if he can’t handle it, let him know your thoughts and move on. You don’t let a kid go because he saw where he could be more help to the team. You earn respect by giving respect. True he is the player and the coach is the coach but that is irrelevant in this case. The kid saw something in the game that could be advantageous to the team and the ego would not permit him to listen.

Demanding an apology shows that he does not respect the kid or his word and shows a distrust in the kids ability. I want my Qb to studious enough to see such things, don’t you?

Lil brother

October 3rd, 2013
10:30 am

Viking kids will end up playing for the WildCats.

Sportsnut agree with you most of the time but you’re wrong this time..Must agree with Coach from Gwinnett.

Coach

October 3rd, 2013
10:31 am

Marist and St. Pius have been running the same plays for years.

You will never hear parents and players ripping the coach when they lose about the playcalling. Yet and still, they make it to the playoffs every year without fail. Its not rocket science people.

Baltisraul......

October 3rd, 2013
10:32 am

Coach……sportsnut just does not understand coaching and the team concept. You don’t let the ‘kid’ handle the job, like sportsnut suggest. If you do, it is the coach that is looking for a new job. You COACH, you don’t DELAGATE. Now we both know sportsnut never played. Name a coach that was a winner that did not have confidence and ego to inspire his team? These kids are now playing at a level that everybody does not get a trophy for just showing up. Sportsnut wants a coach with no ego. I believe he is to old for rec scoccer and treats after every practice.

Really??

October 3rd, 2013
10:32 am

Sportsnut, you are an idiot. I hope Miss St pulls this kids scholly. Wheeler and Lowndes have been playing high level football before these punks arrived and will continue after they are gone. Colleges don’t want kids who are head cases.

My dad would have kicked my butt over this. You hear it more and more from HS and college coaches. “Some” kids, depending on their upbringing, are getting more and more uncoachable. Read the book, The Energy bus. Mark Richt adopted it at Georgia and got rid of the players who were bad apples. You are positive force on the bus or you get off, one way or another.

GMAB

October 3rd, 2013
10:41 am

Entitled generation.

Todd

October 3rd, 2013
10:43 am

What is going to happen when he tells Mullen the MSU coach his playcalling sucks? Coaches should coach and the players should play period. A player disrespecting his coach in front of the other players and the parents are proud.Congratulations you have done a great job raising your son. RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

Coach

October 3rd, 2013
10:44 am

I have said before and I will say it again, this is why SWD, Stephenson and the 2012 Grayson teams never won state titles. When you place yourself above the team, the team will never win. Too many me first players these days.

One last thing SportsNut- Nick Saban, Les Miles, Bill Belichek and Tom Coughlin. Oh yeah, Pat Riley and Mike Kry—- at Duke. Guess what they all have in common.

Rings, and a whole lotta of EGO. Pretty soon the BIGGEST coaching ego in the state will bring home a championship to go with his five from Alabama. Might be this year!!!!!

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
10:47 am

@ Coach == What rule or plan did the kid not obey? He merely wanted to do more for his team. All he did was not apologize for something he feels there is or was no need to do. This kid was only thinking about his team and how to make it better. It happens all the time. The box is stacked 8 deep. The play call is for a run. Being the Qb, I notice and realize they have one on one with my best receiver. Do I change the call or run it and cost us the game?

Where you coach has nothing to do with this. It is also my contention that all kids are not the same.
It is not a team rule anywhere that I know of that says a player must apologize for asking to do more to help his team win.

Your mention of Brady shows you have a disconnect. That is a man in a mans world being paid millions. All this kid wants to do is win. He could have gone the route of the Lowndes players but he was dismissed. He is not a quitter. Seems to me he is an intelligent young man who saw a chance to better his teams chances and was man enough to approach the coach about it. Evidently, this disturbed the coach or why else would he want an apology?

Colquitt Fan

October 3rd, 2013
10:50 am

Yea 5-time, it had nothing to do with colquitt. It was only McPherson and the players worst loss they’ve experienced and then a few days later they quit. Keep telling yourself that.

Lil brother

October 3rd, 2013
10:50 am

For anger kills a fool,
and jealousy slays the gullible. Job 5

Cat Man

October 3rd, 2013
10:53 am

Was the kid actually arguing with the coach or merely making a suggestion as Sportsnut suggested? Does anybody really know what happened? Obviously, if he argued, he’s got to go. I’ll agree with Coach there. If he was making a suggestion because he saw something on the field that might help his team, I have to go with Sportsnut. I think it depends on how it actually played out with the Wheeler coach. If he let his star player go, I’ve got to believe it was serious enough and not just a suggestion.

Really..whats .with today's youths!

October 3rd, 2013
10:56 am

Maybe it wasn’t what Staley said as much as it was how he delivered it!! I watched this true Athelete throw his helmet and curse his lineman after being sacked before halftime at a Freshman game…….Coach sent him to the field house and was not allowed to finish the game. and his dad came out of the stands and called out the coach……hummmmmmmm….entitled?

graphite

October 3rd, 2013
10:57 am

Should have played for Coach Terry Hodges at Tucker.He made men out more than a few!!!

Father_of_Two

October 3rd, 2013
10:58 am

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb…..yes, they can live where they are and go to Buford apparently. Its the way to do things now.

Coffee fan

October 3rd, 2013
11:00 am

All coaches wish to win, their job depends on it. It had to be more than a “suggestion” for coach to dismiss him from team. Not your Star player.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

October 3rd, 2013
11:01 am

@ Sportsnut I do usually agree with you except when you said your team was going to beat Tucker & I respectfully disagree again !!

BigDawg

October 3rd, 2013
11:03 am

First, seeing things on the field is not the easiest. The players have one of the worst views to see the defense. Thats the reason teams have coaches that sit in the press box to “see the field.”

Now, changing things at the line of scrimmage is a DIFFERENT item altogether. Coaches have to weigh the “change” process for ALL PLAYERS. Not just the QB’s ability to see it and call it, but the other 10 players ability to hear the call, understand the play and change and execute.

The coach could have any number of reasons for not wanting the audibles. It’s far more complicated than anyone may thing – including the player dismissed from the team.

Any college team will look at this kid with a jaded lense from now on, and rightfully so. Today, its that HE wants to change more at the line of scrimmage. Who knows what HE will want next.

In football, you win with 11 playing as 1. Its a TEAM game, and this kid is a ME player. You don’t have to know the circumstances to understand that.

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
11:06 am

If I were Mullen, I would appreciate the fact that he wanted to do more. You have not heard one (1) single bad thing about this kid. Only praise for his athletic ability. Now, some are calling him a punk. I thought we were adults here. I am being called an idiot because I think the kid was well within his right to ask for more responsibility. DO YOU GUY’S GET THAT? He did not question the play calling, he wanted to be able to check down and not be required to throw to a designated place even though another player might have been open.

It was just recently that some here were talking about qb’s throwing to a man because the play was called that way. Does the Qb not have the option on many plays to find the open receiver? Some of you are forgetting the story. This kid did not have that option and he wanted that.

What is wrong with this picture?

He has never claimed, as far as any of us know, that he was bigger than the team so that argument holds no water. He knew who the coach was and that is why he took his concerns to him. Being asked for an apology for such a thing makes no sense.

“Hey coach. The DE’s are pinching down and we could counter by turning our man out to create a hole there”. Does this warrant an apoligy?

Father and Coach

October 3rd, 2013
11:08 am

Everyone is missing the point. The Wheeler QB was dismissed because he would not submit to the authority of the head coach and apologize. The QB does NOT have the right to undermine the coach on the sideline and second guess play calling. I believe this speaks to the problems in society where a 17 year old believes he has earned anything by being successful in athletics. “Feelings” are not justification to act anyway you want to. People need to understand that you are not justified to do anything you want because you “feel” a certain way. This young man has not earned anything and his parents are enablers, bad job of parenting. Good for the coach, teenagers do not run the program ADULTS DO.

afan

October 3rd, 2013
11:12 am

Sportsnut how do you know so much about what happen? What role do you play in this? You sound like u was on the sideline and in the coach’s office.

Truth Hurts

October 3rd, 2013
11:15 am

In the Staley situation, no one knows the real story so all of this posturing on line is pointless. Sounds like there were some things that both sides — QB and coach — could have and maybe should have done differently.

Also, “Coach,” do a little research before you post. Tom Brady famously got into a shouting match and almost a fist fight with his OC, Bill O’Brien (now the HC at Penn State) on the sidelines DURING A GAME three seasons ago. And while I’m sure they ended up patching things up in private, Brady didn’t apologize publicly.

Sportsnut

October 3rd, 2013
11:18 am

To All================ Click on to the link above that says “Was dismissed this week”. This is all we know and this is what I am basing my comments on.
Thank you very much.

Coffee Fan == I agree. It had to be more but this short story is all we have to go by.
Cat Man== No one here knows what really happened. They are just spouting off.

I hear the voices of many that have been institutionalized.

BUCKEYE

October 3rd, 2013
11:20 am

We will take him at Ohio State! Urban will let him do what he wants

E Alexander

October 3rd, 2013
11:21 am

@ coach….SWD has won state championships. Are you really a coach? smh..