Breaking News: Kurt Scoby cleared to play at Monrovia

scobydoPasadena prep reporter Keith Lair is working on this, but let me just say, With Kurt Scoby cleared at Monrovia, there is no doubt the Wildcats win a fourth consecutive CIF title. He will be unstoppable in the Mid Valley Division and will rip through the Rio Hondo League.

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  • A Titan

    Good news for the Wildcats. Bad news for the rest of RHL and Mid-Valley. Titan defense will be ready for Scoby and his teammates on November 8th.

  • SGV FB Dad

    First off, I agree Monrovia will easily cruise to a MV division championship, and they were favored without Scoby anyway. The whole Scoby thing is a joke. Scoby should not play another down of high school football, as he has made a mockery of the system. Really, 6 schools in 3 years and CIF turns a blind eye. Then you have Hull and Payton that are ineligible. I am not a Scoby hater. I hate what he and the adults guiding him have done to the system. Is this stupid or what. I could care less about the insignificant MV division, where Monrovia makes a joke of that division. Monrovia is a very good team and should have been moved up years ago. And no, I don’t blame Monrovia. Again, CIF is too stupid to do the right thing and put Monrovia in the right division. This whole Scoby transfer merry go round is a black eye for CIF no matter how you look at it.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Fox sports prep zone……

      • SGV FB Dad

        Again GP, I think Monrovia is a good team. I could see you guys competing well in our league, the Hacienda. Who knows maybe you could compete in the Sierra. But playing in the MV is comical. There is no competition there. It’s like a high school team playing pop Warner teams. That’s what I’m saying. Now, I don’t think you could beat the likes of say Amat or any other D1 school, but Monrovia would definitely compete against many higher division SGV teams.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Yeah, There may be a few moore league teams we could beat.

        • Kennedy Bryant

          Making a lot of sense… however, please don’t be so quick to judge the Scoby kid. You have to have all of the facts and what we read on the blogs isn’t always factual.

          • SGV FB Dad

            Again, it’s not the kid I’m disgusted with, as Scoby might be a perfect gentleman. But can you honestly say that with all the transfers he has made in these last 3 years, none were athletically motivated? His guardians and all the coaches that took him in make a mockery of what a student athlete should be. Then you have CIF, who have these facts thrust in their face, yet they allow it. Again, strictly my opinion, but the whole Scoby ordeal is a pathetic joke.

          • Kennedy Bryant

            Well to be honest I don’t know why Scoby transferred, its possible that it is athletically motivated but its also possible it wasn’t. I know what a student athlete should be, having been a student athlete and the father of a son playing football for an Ivy League school I understand the concept of a “student athlete”. However everyone’s path is different and what motivates one athlete is always different than another. I wish Scoby nothing but the very best and I have said that from the beginning of his time at CO. I want all kids to be successful but how they gain that success is for them to decide not you or I.

            Welcome home Scoby.

          • SGV FB Dad

            It’s not that I do not want the best for him. It could have been any kid aside from Scoby. My issue is that you have a player here jumping from one school to the next, a total of 6 times, and all for athletic reasons. You don’t have to be a genious to figure this out. And while he plays with the socalled CIF rules and system, you have other student/athletes that are being restricted from playing. Maybe Scoby’s adult circle knows how to work the system better than the others. But to see a kid transfer 6 times and not be restricted is lunacy.

          • wildcatalum

            Thank You Kennedy…Until people know the actual truth and not made up stories that are put on these blogs they have no place to open their mouths. Better yet his personal life is none of their business anyway. He’s a great kid, very respectful, very humble and a great athlete. That’s all that should matter.

    • Steve Ramirez

      To be fair to CIF-SS, to move Rio Hondo up a division, say to the Southeast, they would have to bring up the entire league, and I’m not sure that would be fair to the third-team, which this season will likely be either Temple City or South Pasadena. Imagine, being Temple City, having their best record in years and facing Charter Oak in the first round. The fair thing would be to move Monrovia, with the only logical move being to the Pacific, but as others have said, that wouldn’t make sense for the other sports, unless there was football only leagues and divisions.

  • better talent please

    The MV is a joke, I agree with the comment below. You think this kis is going to play against top talent? WRONG. he should have stayed at CO where at least he would have received semi looks that he would see at the next level. None of the schools in the MV compare to the IE or the Pac 5, play some real football one time.

    • QuietCat

      Because Monrovia couldn’t possibly get kids ready to play at the next level with the competition we play. We’ve never sent kids to UCLA, Colorado, Northwestern, Penn, APU or anywhere… Oh wait. We OBVIOUSLY don’t play the highest competition but if the kid can play he WILL be seen.

      • A Titan

        Other than 4 – 5 consistently good teams, MV is weak. You play the opponent on the field. The schools are small and football is no longer king at these schools. Monrovia plays tougher preseason games and has success there too. As QuietCat notes, there’s a Wildcat at UCLA right now. One at Northwestern, etc. If Scoby lives in the district, he should be allowed to play. Better competition makes all teams better. Maybe MV will begin to turn it around if higher-profile players get some attention.

      • better talent please

        Nowhere didI say the coaches were ununable to prepare kids. READ. I’m saying they need to play equal talent and monrovia is definitely above the MV in the talent category. So enough with the san marinos arcadias and Covinas. STEP UP.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Well like I said…if you are going to trash the MVD, then you must trash some the Southeast teams which lost to MVD teams. Despite popular belief, there were quite of few losses, and actually out of the all the games played MVD won more, and they beat some playoff teams in those victories…

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      everyone is getting a look…CO was demoted to the southeast.

    • Kennedy Bryant

      That’s why 5 MHS players are playing D1 this year, if your good it doesn’t matter what division you play in.

      • AMAT 73

        KB,
        Yes Monrovia players have gotten D-1 rides which is fantastic and we are all very pleased for them .Getting a free education is tops . We all know college rosters are huge , and I had posed this question to GP a while back and got no reply . Do you think playing at a lower level in hs has a reflection on making it to the filed on Saturday afternoons . You see many from the upper divisions in California on the field but not too many from the lower divisions . I used Barr and P

        • AMAT 73

          KB ,
          Hit post by accident so I will continue . I used Barr and Price as examples at UCLA as we have not seen too much of Ellis on the field as of yet . Just wondering what your take is if seeing more top notch competition in hs due to playing at a higher level has a direct effect on this . Not hating at all , just looking for your opinion . Again whether you play or not, getting the free education is the prize .

          • Kennedy Bryant

            First, let me say I’m expecting great things from the Lancers this year I see they (Lancers) are starting out ranked 8th and that is a very good sign.

            As for success at the next level I think it has very little to do with were they played in high school or the level well at least for kid from CA, Tex or FL. With the aau football teams that are playing year round the kids from Vista Muiretta to Maranatha are playing together and are playing at a very high level all the time. So even if their playing in lower divisions in high school when they get to college they have already been playing against the best. However if a kid is never exposed to those type of players then may struggle at the next level because its a complete shock to them.

            There are a ton of other factors that determine if a kid can make the transition to the next level. Its similar too guys in the NFL and you can see that Most players in the NFL aren’t just from the big conferences of college football.

            As for college, I believe it has a lot to do with preparation, effort, diligence luck, placement etc etc. The college game is tuff even for the best recruit, many kids cant make the adjustment from being the “Big Man” on campus or having to fight for a spot and compete with guys that are just as good if not better than you. Sometimes you go to a team that isn’t very good, take the guys you mentioned Barr and Price, UCLA pretty much sucked when they played for the Bruins, Ellis on the other hand is playing with better competition and and better coaching and too many other things to mention. Please not Ellis should have been at MHS last year as he graduated from high school at 17 and really should have been a senior at MHS.
            1) Academics making the adjustment to newly found freedom and and the rigors of college life.
            2) Coaching scheme
            3) Not the level of HS play but much more than that.
            So in a nut shell in my opinion level of HS play isn’t the reason.

          • AMAT 73

            KB,
            Thank you for the reply . I lean more towards that it does make a difference , mainly in the fact that at the higher level you will play against more of the type of players you will see and play with in college than at the lower levels . Case in point is how Monrovia is head and shoulders above most if not all teams in the MV and defintely in the RHL , They may see 1 or 2 players per team and maybe not any on some teams the face of that caliber , where as at the higher levels teams have 5-6 per team as Monrovia has been blessed with lately . True the coaching at UCLA is now head and shoulders above what they had before and the players should benefit from a former NFL head coach .Hopefully we see more of Ellis and some of Andrews on the filed for the Bruins this season . By the way Barr is still at UCLA . Either way just a difference of opinion and good luck to the Cats on the quest for a state championship . It would be nice for the SGV to have one this season, be it in the west , it’s still the SGV !!!!!

          • Kennedy Bryant

            So what’s your predictions on your Lancers this year. My sources are telling me this might be the year for the Amat faithful. And that the cupboards are very full with talent for the foreseeable future.
            Mason is off an enrolled @ UPenn and is competing for time @ UPenn, and my youngest is currently the Varsity Backup QB as a freshman. I’m expecting great things from him in the next few years.

          • AMAT 73

            Well we have a lot of young and hungry players that need playing time at the Varsity level . If we can get them that experience during preseason we will be all the much better for it during the season . The future does look good for us but the task at hand is to win the Serra which we have a good shot at this season . The RSM game win or lose will be a good measuring stick to see what this team is made of and what the season could be . Great to hear your son is off to Penn which is something to be damn proud of in it’s own right . That wiil be quite a challege to deal with the academics and football but I am sure he will do fine . Hope your youngest gets some playing time under the lights which I am sure he will do to what anyone can see with the backfield you have the games will be locked up early . Good luck to both of your son and to you on a job well done . Are you sure he might not want to transfer , I am sure he would have a shot at QB for AMAT .

          • That Guy

            “Ellis should have been at MHS last year as he graduated from high school at 17…”

            Not true at all. People born in July, like Ellis, are supposed to graduate roughly a month before their 18th birthday. Most schools have an birthday cutoff sometime between September and the end of the year.

            I was born in July and turned 18 right after graduation. Until your comment I never heard a suggestion that I was graduating early.

          • AMAT 73

            That Guy,
            Yea I was in the same boat , kind of sucked not being able to drive to school your sophomore year when many of your friends were .

        • observantcat

          Amat 73, you see several of the kids from area’s like Monrovia, Duarte, Pomona, Chino Hills etc…. getting looks at Amat but if they went to their perspective schools they would be getting the same look, You guys have rosters of 80 plus players on the team 97% of them wouldn’t see action anywhere else including Amat, so as much as you would like to be the Big Monkey in the room at times your roster doesn’t even come close to the talent level of some of the great athletes just around the corner. I understand your stance on playing with the big boys, but that doesn’t mean that some of the smaller schools don’t house some of the best talent in the area. Monrovia is a community that doesn’t have to reach to far outside of its border to bring together major gifted D1 talent otherwise we would be playing for Pac 5 Championships all day long. Merging our talents with the likes of Muir and other talents in our area. By the way Ellis is getting lots of support over at UCLA and has the potential of playing on Sunday’s as much if not more than the guys you mentioned, let him do his time, he’s still a youngster. In the meantime go down your roster and check to see how many D1 candidates are on there and we’ll do the same.

  • OuttaYourMindTrib

    CIF is so pissed at Scoby they are taking it out on Hull and Payton.

    It’s cool for Monrivia to pound their chest about their players playing at the next level be it JC or D1. That’s something to be proud of. But, to pound your chest and proclaim you can “compete in the Sierra League”, you’re going to have to beat at least the Sierra’s 3 bottom teams, which you have not. Not at the Varsity level, and to the best of my knowledge, not at any level. So just stop that madness right now.

    Let Ayala play in your league/division and see what happens.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Playing Sierra league teams regularly in league and playing Ayala in week 1 after they’ve had 1 game head start on the cats. Those where very close losses, where Monrovia fumbled away the game. We are going to beat Ayala this year. Besides, no one is claiming that Monrovia is a Sierra league or Inland school. We would be more like a Hacienda League Southeast school. That’s all. So you are saying that CIF should place a school with 1700 kids in the Inland, heck CO can’t even hang in that division.

      • OuttaYourMindTrib

        A win is a win and a loss is a loss. Though when one has so much “D1 talent”, a loss against a team with few if any D1 players is slightly more embarrassing no?

        Ok, I’ll give you the close loss because Ayala had a “1 game head start”. What about the SOUND loss to South Hills? That was what, your 3rd game? You guys have similar student populations no? What’s the excuse for that? If South Hills were in your division, how many rings would you have? I’m guessing a few less.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Monrovia has 1700 and south hills has around 2100 kids. I would say that is close enough. No excuses for losing that game. If South Hills was in the Midvalley, Monrovia may have 0 rings or 3 rings. I won’t make a judgment off of preseason games. Week 14 is much different. However, South Hills should not be in Mid valley, Monrovia should not be in the mid valley, San Dimas should not be in the midvalley. If you had football only leagues, The southeast could remove Cerritos, Hoover, Glendale, Walnut, artesia ETC and replace them with SH, MTown, SD, ETC. That would make the division even stronger