With a callous disregard for the parents and a total disrespect for student athletes, the Stewart County High School Athletic administration continues to make all the wrong moves when it comes to preparing our greatest assets for their future. Athletic Director Steve Nolin and SCHS Principal Mike Craig are truly the weak links in an administration that treats our children like trash.
It is one thing that these buffoons get promoted to their level of complete incompetency, but it is quite another that once they are exposed for what they are, they are then allowed to continue, unbridled, to make the same blatant mistakes that will influence our children for the rest of their lives. In the history of Stewart County, we have all seen this time, and time again.
Some egregious and current examples include an egotistical head basketball coach brought into this County not on his merit but based strictly on his close affiliation with Mike Craig. Why else would a man land here, in Stewart County, to accept his FIFTH position in ten years? Barry Jones was run off, fired, or resigned from every position he has ever had yet Mike Craig’s influence peddling brings him here to immediately begin disrespecting and tearing down Stewart County athletes with more character and integrity in their little finger than this useful idiot has in his entire body. Witness this, my fellow Stewart Countians. A Senior basketball player endures four different coaching changes during his four years at SC only to be rewarded in his Senior year with a “coach” that humiliates him in front of his team mates and brings the discussion of his parents into the discourse of his coaching “techniques”. This “coach” and I use the term very loosely, has single handedly destroyed the best young crop of basketball players this County has seen in 30 years. PNN predicts that he will win less games than the last useful idiot hired before him, Tindol. You would think these transients would try to protect their jobs a little better but they have no interest in Stewart County’s children, our future, and are only interested in their own big-headed, self-conceited satisfaction. Here today, gone tomorrow and we Stewart Countians are left in the wake of their destruction holding the bag and asking, “What just happened?”
Football is the same way. It was easy to predict that our football “program” would only win 2 games this year. PNN gave them the benefit of the East Hickman game because they faired well against them in the preseason but it was proven that they did not get better as the season went along, only worse. It looks as though they will not even meet my expectations and finish 1-9. The only win coming, of course, against a helpless Houston County Class Single A team that could only field 14 players. Don’t make excuses, people. Fix it. The blame lies NOT in the courage and conviction of our children but in the “cheap” minded coaches we hire to lead them. It is OUR responsibility, as Stewart Countians, to make it better.
How could they get better? In today’s game, the student athlete MUST BE afforded the respect they deserve. This isn’t the old days where haircuts and ties and suit jackets were the norm. Today, our athletes may sport dreadlocks and tattoos as this is who they are as a person. This “growth” in their lives is not the cookie cutter white bread mentality of the past. It is broad and diverse and chocked full, in many cases, of adversity. This is how these student athletes define themselves. This is the environment they have been raised in and coaches MUST respect that. There are too many other distractions in the modern era that can pull great athletes away from a program. They certainly will not “buy into” your program if you disrespect them as a person. The head football “coach” at SC disrespects Freshman by not even SPEAKING to them! It is appalling to witness this absurdity. They are the immediate future! The head coach’s thickheaded SWAT TEAM assistant is the most arrogant, unknowing, and unknowledgeable blockhead on the field. Unfortunately, everyone but him understands this.
I am not the only person who feels this way, Potneckers. Great, home grown Coaches are fleeing our programs every day because those in charge ALLOW this loser mentality to continue. We have GREAT coaches in our midst but they become frustrated when they work for weeks on end to teach and coach our children in the right way only to see these losers come in here and muck up the process. Then, these transient, perpetual washouts go on their merry way NEVER giving a second thought to those of us who will live here for generations to come and have to deal with their waste. We have witnessed it for nearly 30 years and there MUST come a time when the people ask, “Don’t you know what you are doing?!”
PNN is confident that Director of Schools Leta Gray and SC School Board members have a plan to deal with the mediocrity that has been accepted here for so long. Director Gray has expressed to me directly that there are future changes coming that will reinvigorate our Athletic programs. She is excited about some of the future paths we may have available to take that can begin to revitalize our youth. Chiefly among them, having Administrators and Coaches who are worth their “salt” and strive to make our schools better for ALL students. We know that this goal is possible. One only has to look at the sustained success of our music department, our Band, and our HOSA to know that great leaders yield great results.
To Mike Craig: We hear you are entertaining the idea of retiring in two years. PNN reminds you that we, the people of SC and our children and grandchildren will be here long after your poor decision making abilities are forgotten and have gone by the wayside. We are tired of your baseless rhetoric. Your past actions speak volumes compared to your empty words. Don’t mess it up too bad before you leave as many of us will still be left to pick up your pieces.
To Steve Nolin: How you got to the top of the Athletic department in SC is a mystery that boggles the mind. How about earning your keep and start making hard decisions to protect our students and not your ego? You are not “all that” and it is not about you. Get over yourself.
The proof is in the pudding, my fellow Potneckers. If disrespecting our youth and our parents led to victory then we would see this model throughout our Country. These are the attributes of a failed system. PNN doesn’t see this recipe as a successful mix. It doesn’t work here, it doesn’t work anywhere.
Finally, we continue to turn a blind eye to thievery in our locker rooms and kick student athletes in the top 10% of their Class to the curb. Thieves steal from younger students and then intimidate them when the kids ask for their property back. These administrators know the thieves do this but turn a blind eye because they are athletes. What kind of team chemistry does that promote? What is wrong with this picture and who allows it to continue? The names are named here.
The state of our men’s football and basketball athletic programs is disgraceful, at best.
It is my intention, going forward, to offer solutions to the School Board. It must be up to them to finally say enough is enough. Why is our current model NOT working? Where does the fault lie and what can we all do to make it better?