Passing on a record

The fix was in: One high school coach agreed to let the rival team score a touchdown; the other coach agreed to let the rival’s quarterback complete a record-setting pass. But the quarterback didn’t want to set a record by cheating.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A high school quarterback has asked officials to erase his record-setting pass because his coach had made a deal with the opposing team to let him complete it.

Nate Haasis’ Springfield Southeast High School team let Cahokia High School score a touchdown late in Saturday’s game, which Cahokia won 42-20. In exchange, Cahokia made no effort to keep Haasis from completing a 37-yard pass that gave him a record.

In post-game comments Saturday, both coaches acknowledged arranging the deal during a time-out.

The completion gave Haasis 5,006 yards for his career, setting a new record for the Central State Eight Conference and making him one of 12 Illinois high school quarterbacks to pass for more than 5,000 yards.

But in a letter to the president of the conference, Haasis asked that the pass be stricken from the record books.

Stupid coaches. Classy kid.

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  1. The troubling question is: If the coaches had not made such an agreement, no one will ever know if the player would have done it honestly, so it actually deprived him of a chance to really attain the goal he was seeking.

    His coach betrayed him, and the young man will never be able to forget that. Neither will future students at that school, so the coach has outlived his usefulness to the team and school.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Every game either of these slugs coached will now have an asterisk after it.

  3. Shades of Nykesha Sales.

  4. Nick Tallyn says:

    I couldn’t remember the name of the player, but that was the incident that came immediately to my mind.

  5. Way to go, kid. And thank you for the inspiring story. Nice to know there are still kids with standards like that. I wonder if the kid will get any heat from his school for the embarrassment?

  6. Bruce Lagasse says:

    An interesting analogue to this occurred in 1968, in a baseball game between the Yankees and Tigers. Denny McLain was pitching, on the way to his 31-win season, and late in the game, with the Tigers holding a commanding lead, Mickey Mantle came to bat. At the time, Mantle was on the verge of tieing or breaking some homerun record (my memory is a little hazy), and McLain gestured to Mantle that he would groove an easy batting-practice pitch right down the middle. He did so, and Mantle hit it out of the park; and as he rounded the bases, he tipped his cap to McLain.

    My own feeling is that this was not smarmy or backhanded as was the case of the high school player. Or was it? What do other people think?

  7. I think the coaches were well intentioned but wrong. It is interesting to me how strong the rhetoric is on some of the previous comments. You would think that the coaches had committed a heinous act instead of having a lapse in judgement. As far as whether the kids might have set the record anyway, he would not. Less than 30 seconds was left in the game and the other team was ahead and only had to run out the clock. It was the last game of the season and his team did not make the playoffs.

    That aside, the kid did show a tremendous amount of class.

  8. Alex Bensky says:

    Well, it’s safe to assume that anything Denny McLain has ever done is smarmy.

  9. LOL, who would have thought we would be having comments about a baseball game from 1968. Never can tell where we will end up in the comments section. 😉

  10. Cousin Dave says:

    The Gator Flop lives!

  11. The incident between Denny McClain and Mickey Mantle was Mantle’s last ever at bat in the majors. I still remember watching it on television as a kid. There were no records involved. It did not affect the outcome of the game. It did not cost anybody anything, except maybe Denny McClain as it no doubt affected his ERA. He may have laid it out there, but Mantle still had to hit it out. It was just a classy gesture by good pitcher at the top of his game to one of the greatest baseball players of all time: letting Mantle go out in style with a home run.

    That cannot be compared to this situation. The McClain-Mantle incident, if it can even be called that, hurt no one and no thing. It affected nothing, other than the Yankees scored 1 more run than they might have. Big deal. They still lost the game. But this incident has deprived the young man of his rightful opportunity to set that record on his own. That is sad. It is too bad the coaches cannot be punished in some meaningful manner that they could understand. Like forfeiting games or championships. But such punishments will punish the teams more than the coaches.

    What a classy young man to step forward like that. He could have kept silent and gone down in the record books. I hope the college coaches out there are paying attention to him. In addition to talent, he has honesty, integrity and plain, old-fashioned guts. What an asset he would be to a college football program.

  12. This young man’s action defines the term “integrity!”