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Canfield’s decision a puzzling move

Published: Sun, February 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

“What we have here is failure to communicate.”

— Strother Martin, as the chain-gang captain in “Cool Hand Luke.”

— — —

And that’s what we still have today, only the subject is high school sports instead of southern chain gangs.

It’s strange, too, because there are more ways to communicate now than ever before.

Don’t want to pick up the phone in your house? Use the ubiquitous cell.

Don’t want to actually talk to a person? Text them. Unless you’re driving, of course.

Don’t have unlimited texting? Send an email.

Are you a social-media maven? Send a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Are you extremely tech savvy? Meet on Skype.

If you’re too old-school for any of that, you can always put pen to paper, put paper inside an envelope and mail an actual letter. Unless — come August — it happens to be Saturday.

So why — with so many ways to communicate — is there such a disconnect?

It’s simple. We don’t want to connect with others unless they share our views.

What else can you make of the increasing clamor for separate postseason tournaments for public and private high schools in Ohio?

I’ve gone on record against such a divorce. No good will come of it.

But now the animosity has trickled into regular-season events, with the news last week that Canfield will no longer schedule games against Cardinal Mooney.

The rivalry will end once all current contracts have been honored.

Canfield is taking its ball and going home.

Why? Good question. I planned to ask Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan, but he did not return a voice message I left on Tuesday night.

Failure to communicate.

It’s probably related to the R-word — recruiting. It’s the default accusation when public schools have a beef with private schools.

Or the other R-word — relocation. Cardinal Mooney is reportedly looking at sites in southern Mahoning County on which to move its campus.

If it’s about alleged recruiting, hasn’t open enrollment leveled the playing field to an extent?

Canfield isn’t the first school to draw a line in the sand. Poland stopped scheduling Cardinal Mooney in all but a few Olympic sports a few years ago.

In Trumbull County, Niles and Warren JFK are separated by less than three miles, but the planet apparently will spin off its axis if the Red Dragons and Eagles were to play.

Forget football, basketball or baseball. These schools won’t even play checkers. Hide-and-seek is out, too. But hiding from each is something they do well.

Twenty years ago, several schools in a conference with Warren JFK dropped out and formed a new league without the Eagles.

Failure to communicate.

Now Canfield is hiding from Cardinal Mooney.

“I know that it’s not the coaches who don’t want to play,” Cardinal Mooney boys basketball coach Brian Danilov said. “I’d like to know the reason why and I wish that someone would come out and give me the straight reason, not some back-door, politically correct answer.

“I know that there are a lot of people in Canfield that would want us to continue playing and I know that our people want to play.”

Ed Puskas is sports editor at The Vindicator. Write him at epuskas@vindy.com and follow him on Twitter @edpuskas85.


1ncst(12 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

We all know that Mooney recruits and if you deny it you look very foolish because it is a fact!!

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2valleyred(1097 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Massillon Washington and Toledo Whitmer, two big Ohio public schools, have been nailed for recruiting by the OHSAA. The number of times Ursuline and Mooney have been nailed for recruiting by the OHSAA: 0....

Hmmm, so if it is a fact, throw some names out there so we all know who you are talking about.

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3TonyRizzo(82 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Ask QB Koulianos from Campbell if he got recruited by Mooney. Yep he did!
What was that RB from Poland that left to play with Zordich from Canfield and they both went to Penn State.
Both dads wanted their kid to be stars and they wanted to coach as well.
Did they offer their kids to Mooney in a recruiting tactic? Yep they did!
How about all those inner city kids that play at Mooney for free because the State gives them school vouchers to cover the cost so Mooney gets to pick kids to play football. Yep they do that too!
How about the kids that get a free ride to play football because some rich white Alumni picks their tab up for tuition. Mooney has always denied that.
WRONG they do that!
Mooney recruited Chris Anzevino from Boardman as his Dad told us both Bucci/Fecko and Reardon both schools sat in their living room recruiting them to the Private schools FOR FREE TUITION!!
These are just a few people that number in the 100s and 100s approached for sports at private schools.
If Mooney denies it they are flat out Liars and Cheats.
My nephew was recruited by Cincy St. X from Lakota East. He started as a LB for 3 years and his mother paid nothing to attend all games home & away and her son was driven everyday to and from school 30 miles away all year round. All for FREE just play for them!
Private schools recruit and are now paying the price for their Lying cheating ways.
Lakewood St. Eds takes inner city kids from the East Side of Cleveland for free if they play football. Troy Smith & Ray Small boy left Glenville for St Eds then returned back to Glenville.
Cleve Benedictine does too.
Catholic Schools manipulate the rules to gain unfair advantages with financial free tuition to poor inner city kids just for sports not catholic educations.
Walsh Jesuit girls soccer coach recruits in a 5 county area some of the parents told others. He recruits them very young.

Hathaway Brown got busted for Girls Basketball.
Just because you don't get caught doesn't mean they don't recruit/cheat.
Stop Cheating.....
It has to stop or the public schools will stop it themselves that's the bottom line.

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