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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Lansingburgh playoffs in doubt for another day

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lansingburgh playoffs in doubt for another day

After building the drama over the weekend if the Section II Class AA Lansingburgh football team must forfeit its early season games due to an ineligible player, the drama continues for yet another day.

On Monday, the Section II executive committee met to discuss the matter. Monday night, the powers that be decided to not rule on the issue, but to have it decided by the Section II transfer committee.

They will meet at 8:45....p.m.!

Another 24 hours for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team to decide who to prepare for..South Glens Falls if Lansingburgh is out or Gloversville if Lansingburgh is in.

I'm not sure what kind of scrutiny the transfer committee will give the paperwork supplied by Nyquan McGirt and his family on Tuesday night, but it will probably be the same proof it offered Friday afternoon to the same committee that ruled him eligible for the Glens Falls game.

The delay by the executive committee shows its inability to make a decision and its lack of power in the matter.

What it has done is penalize a team not involved in the investigation, shine an even harsher light on a program that has been vilified for running up the score, has a coach who has blown up at the media on several occasions, all after losses, and currently is in the middle of an ineligible player scandal.

Here are the facts:
1. The committees have no power in the matter.
2. The school district has better attorneys.
3. The time table is too short to allow for appeals of either decision.
4. Lansingburgh will be the No. 1 seed and will continue its post-season facing the accusations of cheating.
5. Despite rushing for almost 700 yard and nine touchdowns this year, McGirt is a tarnished player. What post-season accolades can he expect after being the center of attention in the scandal and how will it effect his future?

Great job Section II.

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