I was surprised to hear that Providence High football coach Randy Long was fired Friday.
On the field, Providence has been competitive playing in the states toughest conference, the Southwestern 4A.
Four times in the past seven years, two or three in the conference have reached at least the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Some seasons, Ive felt the third-place team in the league could have reached the state finals if it didnt have to play the two teams above it in the standings during the postseason.
There have been rumors for the past two or three years that Long was going to be removed or would be leaving. Ive had Providence parents tell me they didnt like him because, honestly, the coaches werent playing the right players enough (read: their sons) or didnt have the right scheme.
This is not endemic to Providence. I hear this at many of the areas schools. I coach an AAU third-grade team at QCAA Basketball and know all too well how a few parents, even those of 7- to 9-year-old boys, can poke holes in the floor of an otherwise solid ship and have it start to take on water.
I dont know exactly what happened at Providence. I do know the booster club sent an email to parents Thursday night saying that Longs removal appeared to be as a result of complaints from parents rather than a for cause circumstance.
That was exactly the reason a few people close to the Marvin Ridge program told me was the major cause for Scott Chadwicks firing as Mavericks football coach this week.
Providence principal Tracey Harrill said she made the decision because she felt it was time. I can respect that.
Principals, however, are under pressure by parents on any number of issues, and athletics within a school is one of the most passionate of all. I just hope principals dont let the loud voices of a few cloud their judgment. Usually the people who are happy or content wont say anything.
United Faith basketball vote expected this week
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association board of directors is expected to meet Wednesday in Asheville. Discussion topics will include whether to reinstate United Faiths boys basketball team into the state playoffs. The Falcons have been banned the past two seasons because of a recruiting violation.
NCISAA officials visited the school during last months NCISAA state basketball tournament in Charlotte to view records and interview school personnel.
Before the ban, United Faith, now coached by former Charlotte Hornet Muggsy Bogues, had won two of three state finals under former coach Shaun Wiseman.
Charlotte Christian baseball wins Sunshine Classic
Charlotte Christians baseball team won the Sunshine Classic in Pompano Beach, Fla., this week. There were 16 teams from throughout the Southeast participating. Christian won its first three games without allowing a run, beating Champagnat (Fla.) 9-0, University School 10-0 and Miami Spring 4-0.
The Knights beat Hialeah (Fla.) 2-1 in the championship game.
Davidson Days Kyle Fuller wins Hurricane Junior Golf Event
Davidson Day junior Kyle Fuller won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tours Hilton Head Shootout earlier this month, beating a field of 47 golfers. Hell gain entry into the Tournament of Champions season finale in West Palm Peach, Fla. Fuller has won back-to-back conference championships at Davidson Day.
Former area basketball star Sullivan to transfer from Clemson
Former North Mecklenburg and Davidson Day boys basketball star Bernard Sullivan, a two-time All-Observer player, will transfer from Clemson.
Sullivan, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward who played his senior year at Davidson Day, played in 56 games at Clemson and made two starts. He averaged 9.1 minutes per game and averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. He has two years of eligibility remaining.