In defending the GP football program, by pointing out it's ability to compete at various places and time, in my opinion you are making the argument that they should be in the WCAC. They can get kids who can play today like they did years back. They already have a few. They have the facilities, resources and demographics to be very competitive across the board. They have the prestige to the point that a student who is a good athlete (major sports) and also meets their academic standards should want to go there. But it seems he doesn't want to (outside of Lax). You need to look hard and answer that question.
Thanks to Title 9, Internet, Cable television and the world of sports marketing, college athletics have dramatically changed in the last 10 years. This caused a flow throw shift down into high school athletics. The emphasis on - and rewards for - competing at that level have forever been changed. Prep administration has not recognized the effect.
Most kids want to go to Prep - or would at least consider it if it was an opportunity (ok, maybe not the guys in purple). I get it. But the best student athletes aren't knocking down the door - and Prep isn't recruiting them or simply cannot get them. Why? Don't kid yourself - it's not because all of them cannot cut it academically. You are feeding a very dangerous beast if you subscribe to that idea.
High school extra-curricular programs are not just about throwing the jersey on the guys you have. They are "programs" for a reason as opposed to club sports, intramurals or a pick up game . All schools recruit talented kids in a variety of areas of skill - drama, science, math, and yes athletics. It's about good competition and the students and alumni demand it.
It is just disappointing that Prep continues to put its head in the sand when it comes to almost anything but Lax. In defending the current status of football, you are arguing that the other schools success is due to the fact that GP does not do what the other schools are doing. Prep is right and the World is all wrong.....Is that the position? Look, Prep has it's share of what even they would term "marginal" students - I know this for a fact. But I guess they aren't football players. Every school has such students because every school has a "curve" and that is the world we live in.
Anyway, as I hear it, the argument is predicated on good football players are all marginal students.I reject that (and I bet many others do as well). I will also say that if Prep really wanted to hold itself to a higher standard, they would compete for the best student athletes using the assets it has as an institution to attract them. Part of that would be for the administration to get behind the program. It would also be for Prep to be a member of the WCAC - for all kinds of reasons previously argued here.
I am not a Prep hater. Honestly. I just don't get why they indict the other schools as a means to justify not wanting to compete. They can and they should is my argument. Right now, they are wandering in the desert. They need a "home" where they can compete and have the victories actually mean something. I think they could most effectively do so in the WCAC and take many well qualified student athletes from GZ, GC, SJC and even DM in the process. I believe that both Prep and the WCAC would be better for it.
Let's get ready for some football.