The local sports landscape has been split wide-open since everything started to unravel at Nothern Guilford High School back on Friday.
The questions continue to come in as so far the principal, the athletic director, and the head custodian have been forced to resign.
What will happen with the rest of the athletic programs at Northern? We do know that Sharon Parks has been named the interim athletic director at Northern and she will be in charge as they work out there to get everything cleared up.
This is turning out to be a very complicated matter in regards to possible recruiting of student-athletes to Northern Guilford and the investigation is on-going. We at Greensborosports.com are not a part of this investigation, but have been a part of providing sports news coverage and information on this subject since it became a topic of discussion here at the web site well over a year ago.
With all that is now taking place, I don’t think anyone involved with Guilford County high school athletics wants to see this become an obituary for Northern or see the school receive some sort of death-penalty for athletics. The point of this probe, study or investigation if you will; is to make sure that all illegal activites and athletic improprieties have been corrected and handled properly by the attending investigative officials.
Questions on the table have to include thoughts on how far will this hammer fall? The principal and the athletic director are already gone and what other changes among the Northern staff will we see? Can you effectively operate with the current staff, that was brought in under the previous administration that was forced to resign?
Has the cloud that has been hanging over Northern been allowed to hover below the radar screen too long and would this now necessitate the need for a complete overhaul of the athletic department?
What happens to the kids that have transferred to Northern during the first two years of the school? If all the transfers check out to be OK, then you think all of the coaches would be safe if they want to remain at the school. The county is now checking into the transfers much closer than they did in the past and they have even begun to check into E-Mails that have been sent out from the school.
How many of the programs will be spared? Were there irregularities in the academic departments at Northern? Have other schools run afoul within the Guilford County School System?
Right now the focus is on Northern and there’s plenty to be done to clean up all the mess that has come out in the past week, but it can be done. I do believe that Sharon Parks, the interim AD, can and will lead the Nighthawks throughout the rest of the school year and that she will be very effective in her duties.
As always the key concern is the kids. Their future is on the line in some ways due in part to all that is happened and with the upcoming decisions that are made in regards to the future of the Northern Guilford athleitc programs. The kids should always be the main concern and we should ALL have our butts kicked for the times we stray off of that course.
There are great kids at Nothern Guilford as there are at all of our Guilford County schools. This is a very sensitive subject, but the bottom line is the fact that lives of young men and women will effected forever by what comes with the end-results at Northern Guilford. The kids shouldn’t be forced to suffer as this investigation proceeds and then with the conclusions why should the kids be punished?
The kids look to their leaders(parents, coaches, and administrators) for leadership and for the proper answers. They are still children, just kids, going to school and playing ball and they can’t make these end decisions for themselves.
The adults are at fault here, again depending on how much wrong has taken place and for a thought on this today; “We all love to win as much as the next guy, but maybe sometimes the price you pay for winning could be too much”.
Let’s hope all of this turns out for the best for the coaches and kids and especially the kids at Northern Guilford.
In a time when many thought a utopia or even a Shangri-La paradise had been attained, the end results remain to be seen.