When losing football players chanted curses about the coach, he canceled the last two games of the season. Woodside High parents are angry. At the coach. From the San Jose Mercury News:
(Coach Packy) Moss had reported that he heard students cursing his name when he walked into the locker room after the team’s last loss. He did not see which players were chanting.
After school ended Monday, (Principal Linda) Common and the football coaches hoped to resolve the situation easily. They gave each member of the varsity team a pencil and paper, asking them to write down what happened in the locker room Friday night.
“It was our assumption that we’d get the names” of the students who swore, Common said, “and it’d be over with and we’d get on with homecoming.”
But the guys were goofing off, she said. They smiled, whistled, cheered and wrote down names of players who weren’t even in the locker room Friday.
The team stuck together in silence. And it wasn’t the first time the coaches couldn’t get their players to cooperate.
Since practice started in the summer, players have been throwing garbage around, breaking windows and stealing money and cell phones from each other, said Moss, who is in his third year as head coach. This year, three players were removed for behavioral problems. And others quit.
Well, by asking players to rat on each other, the coach finally has achieved team unity. But it sounds like he should have canceled the first game of the season. If high school football builds bad character, why play at all?