Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why Aquinas Football wins and does it matter

Aquinas Football recently won the 2013 State Championship for the State of New York Class AA.  For this they should be congratulated.  But there are certain facts that must be presented:

 1) Upstate NY does not care about high school football

2) The quality of High School Football in upstate NY is among the lowest in the nation (Don't believe me, look at how many kids get scholarships compared to areas of similar populations).

Aquinas probably has the best coach in the country in Battaglia.  He won at Penfield, which is next to impossible.   Aquinas recruits, its fact they do.  So you are combining a private school that recruits and gives "academic" scholarships with the best coaching in the area of course they are going to win.  For what its worth the elite Triple AAA schools would probably stomp them.   So please, Aquinas is not a feel good story, it is a school that uses its advantages to win at football.  If the non football playing enrollment at Aquinas is not bothered by it, I see no reason for it to bother anyone else.  In conclusion, Aquinas winning in football is neither some great accomplishment to be admired or a reason to look down on the institution.  It is what it is an institution that has an advantage and takes advantage of it.

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