South Hills has formally challenged the transfers of Aaren Vaughns and Chris Gilchrist to Charter Oak …

South Hills High School athletic director Paul Reed confirmed Monday night that the school has filed a protest with the CIF Southern Section office in regard to the transfers of sophomore running back Aaren Vaughns and junior wide receiver Chris Gilchrist.

Reed said that South Hills is alleging that the transfers were athletically motivated and should not be allowed. The protests were made in late July at the same time South Hills also protested the transfer of Brock Booth to Bishop Amat. CIF denied Booth eligibility until April of 2011, thus costing the senior his final chance to play prep football.

South Hills is still deciding whether to challenge the transfer of linebacker Randall Varela to Amat. Varela is vying for a starting position at defensive end and Booth was locked in a battle for tight end with sophomore Sal Velasquez, a transfer from Los Altos. Booth started at tight end last Friday in Amat’s Blue/Gold scrimmage.

“We have nothing against the kids,” Reed said. “If all three of them can’t play, it’s going to be a tragedy for them. But really, it’s not our fault. We haven’t done anything but make CIF aware of the situation.”

South Hills was on the other end of the spectrum last year at this time when the eligibility of Duarte transfers Jordan Canada and Jamie Canada were denied because CIF deemed their moves to be athletically motivated. Reed contends the CIF rule is flawed and that’s a major reason why the school is standing in the way of Vaughns, Gilchrist and Booth’s transfers.

“Undue influence is not a factor, to us, in any of these cases,” Reed said. “We do not feel that Amat or Charter Oak reached out to any of these kids. We just feel that everybody needs to play by the same rules. To us (Vaughns and Gilchrist) it’s clearly athletically motivated. I was personally standing there when Vaughns’ dad said he was taking the kids to Charter Oak because he was unhappy here.”

Due to him being a freshman last year, Vaughns is able to transfer and maintain eligibility so long as there’s a valid change of address. But Reed believes that rule will be trumped if the transfer is deemed to be athletically motivated.

The Southern Section said it still had not received any transfer request forms from Charter Oak for Vaughns or Gilchrist as of late last week.

In Booth’s case, CIF originally granted him eligibility until South Hills challenged the transfer. Booth is going to challenge the decision, according to Amat coach Steve Hagerty.

“I talked to him today and I don’t think as far as he’s concerned it’s a final matter,” Hagerty said. “I don’t understand how it all works, but it would be disappointing for the young man more so than for us because he’s worked so hard.

“We reduced his reps today and gave more reps to other kids. Brock’s a great kid. He understands what’s going on and went out there today and practiced just as hard as ever. I don’t know enough about what’s going on at South Hills to comment about it. It’s not my place to say whether they’re doing the right or wrong thing. I’m sure it’s worked both ways and they’ve benefited from kids who went to their school for the right reason.”

Reed acknowledged that South Hills protesting the transfers breaks ranks with the school’s policy in such matters under previous principal Judi North, who retired after the ’09-10 school year.

“If it would have been up to me, I think we would have challenged (transfers) in the past,” Reed said. “But they decided if a student didn’t want to be at South Hills, then they didn’t want me to write a letter. This current administration thinks that everyone should follow the rules and if we’re a kid is leaving for athletic reasons, we’re going to challenge it.

Reed acknowledged that he’s aware that some fans will view South Hills as being hypocritical in this or allege the Huskies are being sour grapes because the Canada decision went against them last year, but he’s quick to point out that the CIF rules have changed and so has school policy under new principal Steve James.

“It’s a different world now,” Reed said. “Athletically motivated transfers wasn’t even in the rule book a few years ago. The rule everyone concerned themselves with then was undue influence (recruiting). We don’t think it’s accurate to look at the transfers we didn’t challenge in the past few years because it’s a totally different climate.

“Before we did anything, we met with our new principal and told him where Coach (Steve) Bogan is at on this and he said ‘I will support this as high as you want to take it.’”

  • booth hater

    im glad booth was denied. his dad is a joke

  • EHS

    Paul Reed

    Another Edgewwood Connection. Player and Coach

  • bigdog

    South Hills WOW!
    it like calling the kettle black.
    South hills has tunes of transfers.

  • WTF

    HYPOCRISY…..HYPOCRISY. Welcome to the world of the downtrodden you preyed upon for years Steve.

    Hypocrisy is the act of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have.

    That definition could not fit this school/situation any better. For years you got away with this stuff then it turns on you and suddenly you have values. HA!

    Now you might actually have to coach em up just to survive (like many schools do) and not just roll your helmets out on the field each week.

  • Wow…

    How lame. They tried to take the Canada brothers from Coach Tip and are crying foul when it happens to them.

  • Duarte Hawks are in it to win it!

    I will never respect Coach Bogan again. Here I thought maybe I would transfer my kid to his school when he enters high school. You listen to his interview and you think he is a Christian man. Well, doesn’t sound very Christian to me doing what you are doing sir. Sad nowadays kids are being punished because of coaches egos. My son is going to Bishop Amat or Charter Oak for sure now. Hahaha! Good riddance South Hills.

  • Word to the Wise

    Word to the wise…

    If you are going to leave, leave quietly and don’t bash the school or coaches.

    Many of these players’ parents would threaten the coaches that they would be leaving if little Johnny didn’t get to play where he wanted when he wanted. They also tried to let the coaches know how little they knew about the game.

    Unfortunately, all this back-fired.

    If you piss enough people off, one of them will come back after you when they can.

  • Character

    Character is revealed when one faces adversity.

    I am very disappointed in South Hills, after receiving an abundance of transfers in the last several years, they go ahead and protest and file with CIF, after they in turn begin to lose kids that leave.

    Come on! These kids do not deserve such treatment.

    Poor South Hills, they just screwed themselves even more.

  • Huskie Football is Over

    “It’s a different world now,” Reed said. “Athletically motivated transfers wasn’t even in the rule book a few years ago. The rule everyone concerned themselves with then was undue influence (recruiting). We don’t think it’s accurate to look at the transfers we didn’t challenge in the past few years because it’s a totally different climate.”

    Translation: Say goodbye to South Hills football who has made a living on incoming transfers. Everyone knew that South Hills was going down by losing to Diamond Ranch but this is way different. South Hills no longer has an open transfer policy. Goodbye SH football…it was nice dreaming!

  • Window of Opportunity

    So, does anybody know how long, after the original transfer, the “losing” school has to file a “protest” claiming an athletically motivated move by a student?

    Booth was CIF legal, at Amat, for about six months. The whole spring semester, I believe. Then what? SH is allowed to pull the old mulligan out, and ask for a do-over? Six months after the original transfer!!

    Explain to me, what I’m missing here???????

    Statute of limitations anyone?

  • http://l.wbx.me/l/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.insidesocal.com%2Fsgvfootball%2F2010%2F08%2Fbreaking-news-south-hills-has-formally-challenged-the-transfers-of-aaren-vaughns-and-chris-gilchrist.html paul

    i was going to add a comment… but its not worth it, too much drama on transfers, concentrate on the players you have

  • Don

    When you get right down to the bone, it’s these last few sentences that really matter:

    Reed acknowledged that he’s aware that some fans will view South Hills as being hypocritical in this or allege the Huskies are being sour grapes because the Canada decision went against them last year, but he’s quick to point out that the CIF rules have changed and so has school policy under new principal Steve James.

    You think? South Hills has always profited on disgruntled parents transferring their kids into the school for athletic reason, many in their Junior and Senior year. This sudden change in philosophy is nothing less than shocking and to say that it is hypocritical is almost a compliment.

    “It’s a different world now,” Reed said. “Athletically motivated transfers wasn’t even in the rule book a few years ago. The rule everyone concerned themselves with then was undue influence (recruiting). We don’t think it’s accurate to look at the transfers we didn’t challenge in the past few years because it’s a totally different climate.
    “Before we did anything, we met with our new principal and told him where Coach (Steve) Bogan is at on this and he said ‘I will support this as high as you want to take it.’”

    I’ll leave the grammar issues alone here because Paul is a PE Teacher, not an English Teacher but what he seems to be saying is since the transfer game seems to have moved to a level field, South Hills chooses not to play. And Steve is OK with that.

    What really seems to have happened is that the Huskies now recognize how far over their head they are and are willing to sacrifice the next generation of kids to the SS until they can lead for relief in the next re-leaguing scheme and get moved down into the Valle Vista League.

  • Aaron

    Wait…the Huskies going back to the Valle Vista…oh man I’m sure Bogan will have it good there.

  • BigDog

    LOL
    Look who’s calling the kettle black now!!

  • SH Grad

    Unfortunately this is all part of the big game now. My kid doesn’t fit well in this system, the coach doesn’t like my kid, another team has a better shot at winning a title, all BS reasons to move your kid from one school to the next.

    And, since the parents try and justify to themselves that the move is necessary, the coaches embrace it and it has now become a big game.

    The bottom line is that kids should play where they live and they grew up. PERIOD. Football is not about being on the best team, its not about being in the best system that fits your ability. Its a TEAM sport, and its about doing the best you can to help your TEAM win. Somewhere that has gotten lost in the era of ‘championships’ and ‘star players’. Get back to that and this whole transfer game fixes itself. And, until then the blame belongs on everyone, the kids and the parents…

  • The Stang Fan

    Bottom line…let them play. Period. Many of us are turned off by kids hopping from school to school, but that’s just the way it is now. Hell, I hate the fact that I can no longer show up 20 minutes before my flight, but, again, that’s just the way it is now.

    TONS of kids have left the Pasadena area to attend high schools all over the SGV and beyond, and it used to drive me crazy. Not anymore. If that’s what the parents and the child want, then so be it. I’m sure as a coach it can be extremely frustrating to work with, develop, and nurture a kid, only to have him jump ship. Well, actually, that sounds VERY frustrating. But, that’s just the way it is now. Accept it and move on. You’re only a kid once and you don’t get that many more opportunities to don a helmet after high school. We ALL know that. So let’s not cheat these kids of that opportunity, regardless of whether or not a coach feels slighted or used.

    The change in philosophy at SH seems quite…convenient. From what I understand (and correct me if I’m wrong) the last SH principal was widely respected, even by the football staff. Were they completely at odds with her and her stance regarding transfers all along? Or is this their story and they’re sticking to it, now that a bunch of their kids have decided to leave?

    Hopefully, things will get resolved and these young men will be given the opportunity to play, especially the senior kid. Btw, it goes to show you what Bogan and the AD think of the Vaughns family, considering some of the good things that the eldest Vaughns kid did for SH on the field.

    Oh, and one last thing. In the immortal words of former big-leaguer Bob Watson and the entire Houston Astrodome, circa 1976-77:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOV2GcEYFDk&feature=search#t=2m53s

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    SH Grad,

    What if the school where the kid lives has a terrible program? What if the kid is a legit D-1 talent and doesn’t think his local school will get him a shot a scholarship?

  • sgvFootballFan

    SH Grad
    Recruiters will find your son or daughter no matter where they are.Thats what they do and they are good at it.

  • New York

    Why would a school principal turn into a prosecutor and go after kids who want to leave his school? Doesn’t the principal have enough kids currently enrolled to focus on? This might come down to per pupil funding that leaves the school when the kid does. How many transferred out? Five? That’s about $40,000 out the window.

    The transparency created by the blogs now shines bright lights on all transfers, rubbing salt in wounds of the prior school and giving the CIF a reason to be suspicious.

  • Amat Alumni Parent

    To all: Just enroll your kid at Amat from the git go. The best coaching staff in the SGV hands down and you play at the top level of competition. All this biatching going on with this transfer scandal is flat out bush league. It is coming from a “has been” program that is now taking it’s turn in the cycle of losing ala Bishop Amat during the Verti Years and Present day and last year Los Altos. Time for SH to be included in the loop. Everyone takes their turn as a loser, but to go off to CIF 2 weeks before the season and screw with elgibility after hours of practice with ones new team and now possibly being sit down and not seeing the field for your senior season is terrible for the Student athlete and definitley will put a bad mark on the SHHS program, hence, who would dare go play there after this scandal?. What a can of worms SH opened up. As stated above stop sending your kids to these programs with no spine and enroll them at Amat from the beginning, remember there are no living boundries when it comes to playing for a private school. Ah yes Tuition and the economy, no break there at Amat but if you can afford it the experience of playing for Amat is one that lives with you and your parents forever.

  • Aaron

    How about just stay home where you grew up with all of your friends…I guess that concept doesn’t exist anymore oops…

  • AMAT 73

    Maybe the answer is a one time no questions asked transfer in your freshman or sophomore year. How many kids make varsity in those years anyways. If it’s true that Vaughns father said he didn’t like it at SH and was taking his kid to CO then so be it but that should be the end of him transferring for the rest of his high school days . The kid was a freshman at the time so plenty of time to replace him . Gilchrist is a junior now so when he left maybe for the same reasons after his sophomore year but that is kind of iffy so maybe a little more explaintion is due when filling out the reason for the transfer . You should be able to replace a lower classman fairly easy and if they are a top talent and you lose them then maybe there is something wrong with your program . Now that should be the end of him transferring in high school . The bottom line is if these parents are so concerned for their kids athletic careers they should do a little more research before they send their kids to a certain high school and give the kid a chance of having 4 solid years to develop in a good program of which there are plenty in the SGV. I just feel the root of this with SH is the effect of the 2 going to CO a league foe will have on them and Booth just got caught in the mess to make SH look like they are playing even on this and not targeting CO but I think we can all read between the lines on this matter.

  • SH Grad

    @Aram,

    I agree with SGVfootball fan… there are TONS of recruiters paid a lot of money to find talent, along with a ton of good reporters just like you that are out there looking for that diamond in the rough.

    The bottom line is the real D-1 talent and size is VERY few and far between. I don’t know these kids that well, nor do I know the other kids that have transferred within the SGV, but I would conger a guess that there is not that many D-1 talents in the SGV for there to be this much movement.

    Football should be about the team, the sport, and everything that there is to learn about life within the sport. Not about the individual, or the championships. And this is coming from a guy who has won a CIF championship, and coached a CIF championship team…

    If you kid is good enough to get into a D-1 school he shouldn’t need the help of his team to get him there. He should in turn look to help the team he has grown up with as much as he can with his God-given talents.

  • hmm…

    I know these boys. nd they live right next to the school nd will be cleared to play no doubt.

  • HaHa

    I’m sending my son to Mountain View High in El Monte. HA!

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