Strief: LHSAA shouldn’t punish kids for the mistakes of adults


The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s ruling Hahnville quarterback Andrew Robison ineligible has rocked Louisiana sports.  Both LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine and Robison family attorney David Moyer spoke about the controversy with Kristian Garic on Sports Talk.  Voice of the Saints Zach Strief also commented on the issue.  Strief was adamant that the welfare of the players, the kids, be front and center.

“What is alarming to me is that the kids are getting punished for the grown-ups mistakes; and I don’t understand that in any way, shape, or form.  It’s not an excuse to say we don’t know how to punish the parents.  You don’t make up for punishing parents by punishing kids.”

Strief was confused why more wasn’t done to help Andrew Robison.

“I don’t know why every school involved in that wouldn’t do everything in their power to assist in that being as smooth as possible for the kid.  I don’t understand that for the life of me.”

That’s not to say Strief wants to see recruiting going on.  He said he was okay with harsh punishments, just for the adults, though.

“When you find someone who is actively recruiting a player, I am all for going after the coach or organization or school that does that.  I think the way to handle that is to say, ‘Go ahead and recruit a player.  If we catch you, you’re never coaching in high school football again.’”

Strief pointed out how important sports are for many kids and how they can provide opportunities that will affect the rest of an athlete’s life.

“The worst thing is pulling sports away from a kid for clerical errors or disagreements on how or why he left.  To me, it’s just completely insane; and it’s extremely destructive to a lot of these kids’ futures.

“If you don’t think my life was completely altered by getting a scholarship to Northwestern, you’re fooling yourself.  And if someone had taken that away from me because my parents filled out a paper wrong, you can’t even begin to add up the financial windfall I would’ve lost.  That shouldn’t happen to any kid.”

Strief expressed disappointment in the LHSAA, saying they’re more focused on politics than the welfare of the student-athletes.

“If the mission statement of the LHSAA is to protect the integrity and the kids, then the kids need to be what’s paramount.  I don’t think anyone in that organization would argue with me that the point is to make the environment as good as possible for the kids, and I don’t think they’re doing that.  They’re lost in the politics of it.”

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