Foot­ball safety: why not ques­tioned at Gil­man?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - John Ham­mond, Bal­ti­more

Re­gard­ing the re­cent ar­ti­cle, “Safety, race fuel de­bate as teams drop St. Frances” (June 10), I don’t re­call any of the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion teams drop­ping games against the Gil­man School when cur­rent St. Frances Academy foot­ball coach Biff Poggi was head foot­ball coach for the Grey­hounds.

While at Gil­man, Coach Poggi con­sis­tently pro­duced top ten high school foot­ball teams in Mary­land. Many of those ath­letes went on to play NCAA Division I foot­ball. At least two have played in the NFL. Whether Mr. Poggi had a hand in fi­nan­cially spon­sor­ing some of these NFL-cal­iber scholar ath­letes at Gil­man — as he ap­par­ently does at St. Frances — is un­known. Yet the qual­ity of the play at Gil­man dur­ing the Poggi years can be com­pared to the qual­ity of play at St. Frances un­der Coach Poggi now.

The real rea­son why MIAA schools are drop­ping St. Frances Academy from their sched­ules may never be known, though safety of the op­po­nents’ play­ers is stated as the con­cern. Yet the ques­tion must be asked, if safety is the con­cern to­day, why was it not the con­cern un­der Poggi-coached teams at Gil­man?

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