This could break the heart of Bishop Amat football fans, but the word is, through several reliable sources, that junior running back Jay Anderson is not on the spring football roster, and might possibly not play football at all next season. Those speculating that he might transfer can forget it, a family member telling me he’s not going anywhere. (To continue, click thread)
From what I’ve gathered, football players are expected to attend mandatory weight sessions, even during the high school baseball season. Apparently, shortstop and potential quarterback Rio Ruiz has attended the weight sessions, but outfielder Anderson has not, opting to concentrate on baseball and his studies. This is something we will monitor in the weeks to come, but what a shame if Amat loses Anderson in football. My feeling is that during the season, coaches should have control over their players, especially when you consider that football and baseball compete at the highest levels, and those coaches deserve to have their players’ full attention while in season. When baseball is over, football should have full control over the summer until the end of the football season. When that’s over, baseball has control over the winter until the end of spring. That’s sharing and doing what is in the best interest of Bishop Amat and its athletes. It wasn’t long ago that we heard football coach Steve Hagerty talk about the importance of sharing athletes in multiple sports on CBS sports with Steve Hartman, a subject that came up because McClanahan, Ruiz and Anderson were studs in both sports, and play a major role on both teams.
“It’s good (playing multi-sports). We make it a point to make it happen at the school,” Hagerty told Hartman in November. “We realize the kids are the ones that benefit from it all. That why we’re here in the first place. If we can share these athletes all the programs at our school benefit from it.”
My feeling is that it will all get resolved, I can’t picture Amat hosting Garfield in Week 0 without Anderson.