I was tempted to title this post “minor oversight, major consequences,” but perhaps that isn’t completely accurate for everyone. Perhaps to some, one player’s missed physical is grounds to remove a team from the postseason. Even if the mistake occurred as that team’s coach fought for his life.
On what side of the WIAA’s ruling do you side: in mercy or in steadfast adherence to the rules? Archbishop Murphy made its case that there were “extreme circumstances,” as interim coach Rick Stubrud put it, that caused the school to miss that one football player didn’t have a valid physical.
But perhaps, those circumstances aren’t important. Perhaps it’s as cut-and-dried as this: he didn’t have a physical, he’s ineligible. But does what the Archbishop Murphy players went through during the past two months merit more consideration than a cut-and-dried rule? Does the fact that the coach was in round 12 with cancer when he made the oversight matter?
I don’t want to answer these questions. I want to discuss them. Because I know this: three football players charged with a crime played two weeks ago. but today, a team that lost its coach has now lost its season because of an oversight that it reported itself.
What do you think would have been the proper course for the WIAA to take today?