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General Assembly Bills Target SCSL

The South Carolina High School League takes a lot of heat from critics
each year from unpopular decisions by their executive committee. But
the heat is being turned up and the SCHSL has been targeted by the
state government as three bills have been introduced to the education
committee in the SC Senate and House and, if passed, could deliver a
death sentance to the current governing body of SC High School sports.
On December 18th, three bills were pre-filed state legislators
targeting the operation of the SCHSL. All three were referred to the
education committee. Below is a summary of each bill; I've placed the
online link to these bills so you may view the entire document.
S.128 - This bill would in affect dissolve the SCHSL as an entity
and place control of the member schools' athletic programs under the
direction of the State Department of Education.
href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/128.htm">http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/128.htm
H.3131 - This bill would allow the state Superintendent of
Education to overturn decisions made by the SCHSL's Executive Committee
or the delegates of the SCHSL's legislative assembly.
href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3131.htm">http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3131.htm
H.3082 - This bill wo uld replace the organizational structure of
the SCHSL by placing the responsibility and control of interscholastic
athletics under the jurisdiction of the state Superintendent of
Education. It also replaces the SCHSL's legislative delegates and
executive committee members with an advisory board appointed by the
State Superintent of education.
href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3082.htm">http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3082.htm
These are drastic measures and while many people around the state would
love to see the SCHSL Executive Committee squirm, I don't see these
bills, if passed, a good thing for high school sports in South
Carolina. While I have led the pack in being critical of certain
decisions or operating procedures by the SCHSL in the past, I also
think that they do some things very well and when they do, I tell them
so.
I had a sideline conversation with Jerome Singleton at the Weekend of
Champions and we talked briefly about the Goose Creek situation that
had just ended. I felt like, while the first hearing did not follow
guidelines set forth by their own by-laws, that the ultimate decision
that was finally reached was the right decision and I told Mr.
Singelton so.
Now, I didn't just fall off of the turnip truck. I know that I am not
on any Christmas lists of anyone from the SCHSL or Executive Committee.
I also know that when the Weekend of Champions had a color analyst get
sick and they were scrambling for a replacement the day before, I was
called by someone involved in the broadcasts. I really did not want to
do it but told them I would to help them out of the jam. I had to
cancel a tailgate party with some friends and make arrangements for
coverage of the games, only to receive word the next morning that they
"had it covered." I know for a fact that when those in charge of the
broadcasts had conversations with league representatives that they were
told "no" in reference to "Jim Baxter" replacing the analyst. When the
individual who had made the call to me told a broadcast representative
of the SCHSL that I was going to fill in, the representative said, "Jim
Baxter? That's going to be a problem." I tell you this for two reasons.
One, I want the SCHSL to know that I know how they feel about me. Two,
I want YOU to know that despite the obvious distain that members of
this entity may have for me, that I still feel that these bills, if
passed, will be a bad thing for interscholastic sports in South
Carolina. In short, I support the SCHSL on this.
Do I think there is a need for changes in the way the League does
things? Absolutely. I would like to see some means other than the
current Executive Committee to oversee the judgement of rules
violations and the enforcement of the penatlies. Perhaps an outside
arbritration board of community business leaders from around the state,
as well as civic-active parents who have demonstrated strong efforts in
volunteer status in the school districts around the state. I don't know
what the solutions is, but there are enough smart people who care about
this that if we put our heads together, we could probably come up with
some pretty good ideas.
I don't necessarily know all of the good ideas. But I do know a bad one
when I see it. And putting the control of interscholastic athletics,
including your own district's athletic programs under the jurisdiction
of an entity that can't even protect our social security numbers and
banking information from computer hackers when there are ways to do it
is a bad idea.
If you agree with me, I suggest you get in touch with your district
superintendent's office and get them on the ball. They, and maybe you,
need to call the legislative representatives who are members of the
education committee, as well as your local representative. Below are
the Education Committee member of the General Assembly; to get contact
information on them visit
href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php">http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php
, click on either House or Senate and then click "Members" to get their
contact information.
SENATE
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0422727222">John E.
Courson, Chairman
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1649999802">Nikki G.
Setzler
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1186363494">John W.
Matthews, Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0804545358">Robert W.
Hayes, Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1511363455">Luke A.
Rankin
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0554545388">Michael L.
Fair
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1454545280">Harvey S.
Peeler, Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0920454435">Darrell
Jackson
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0729545367">Lawrence
K. "Larry" Grooms
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1172727132">Larry A.
Martin
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1131533956">Gerald
Malloy
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0912499891">C. Bradley
Hutto
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1479545277">Clementa
C. Pinckney
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1665908891">Vincent A.
Sheheen
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0353693140">Raymond E.
Cleary, III
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0819318084">Greg
Hembree
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1824431600">Paul
Thurmond
HOUSE
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1433948692">Owens,
Phillip D. "Phil", Chairman
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1811363419">Taylor,
Bill, 1st V.C.
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Robert L., 2nd V.C.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0184090887">Branham,
Lester P., Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0184659069">Brannon,
Norman D. "Doug"
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0451136310">Daning,
Joseph S.
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Raye
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=0702272643">Govan,
Jerry N., Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1002272607">King, John
Richard C.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1344318021">Mitchell,
Harold, Jr.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1421590739">Norman,
Ralph W.
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style="font-size: 12px;" href="/member.php?code=1438636191">Patrick,
Andrew S. "Andy"
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Joshua A.
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Samuel, Jr.
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Tommy M.
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L.
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Mark N.
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Donna H.
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Pierce, Dir. of Res.
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Julie, Research
Asst.
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Richard P., Staff
Counsel
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D'Juana B., Exec.
Secy.
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