Saturday, August 27, 2011

Garinger football coach suspended indefinitely

Garinger football coach Lin Fisher, who led the Wildcats to a 7-5 record last season, has been suspended.

Mecklenburg County director of athletics Sue Doran confirmed the suspension, which began Friday, but couldn't talk about why, saying it was a personnel matter "that's being looked into."

Garinger offensive line coach Brian Berlin has been named interim coach. Berlin coached Garinger in Friday's 32-12 loss to Vance.

A source close to Garinger told the Observer Fisher was suspended due to an eligibility issue with three players who played in the Wildcats' first game, Aug. 19, against Myers Park. Garinger athletics director Claire Gardin did not return calls from the Observer.

Fisher was named Garinger's interim coach a few days before the 2010 season began when coach Terry Liggin was suspended. Liggin later told the Observer he was suspended for a year because he allowed a player to participate in a scrimmage before the player completed nine days per practice. Liggin said the player had an issue with medical records and was pulled from practice.

Liggin said the player was cleared a few days before the planned scrimmage.

"The player participated in that," Liggin said last September, "and I was notified by the trainer that he didn't have enough days and we pulled him. After the scrimmage, (Garinger athletics director Claire Gardin) informed me that it was a violation. From that, I received a suspension letter from school and they suspended me for 365 days from coaching football."

Liggin was Garinger's 15th coach since 1975. He led Garinger to a 2-9 record in 2009, when the Wildcats lost two games by a total of nine points and were close in two more. Those were significant upgrades for a team that has had four losing streaks of at least 18 games since 1989, including a 61-game on-field losing streak that ended in 2008.

Fisher built upon that success last season. Fisher led Garinger to a 7-5 record and was named All-Observer coach of the year, among all 127 coaches in the newspaper's Carolinas coverage area. The seven wins were the most by a Garinger team in 20 years. Garinger, which hosted a playoff game, also had a five-game win streak in 2010, its best in 16 years.

Fisher was later named full-time coach and now teaches geometry and technical math to 10th, 11th and 12th graders at Garinger.

Garinger (0-2) plays Hunter Huss High from Gastonia Friday night at home.







25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why, why, why. This is sad because these are teachers/coaches of our children that refuse to follow the rules. What kind of example are we leading by? Why do this? Is it the fame, money, bragging rights, etc...? Does not make any sense.

Anonymous said...

Do not jump to conclusions. Good possibility the coach did not know the players were ineligible.

Many cases of forfeits due to ineligible players are often related to players that dressed but did not play or played very little.

Anonymous said...

Why should CMS be enforcing elibility like this when 3 of Butler's stars openly admit to renting apartments to play football there? Hypocritical.

Anonymous said...

The athletic director is responsible for checking each players eligibility folder and having the final signature. The roster with all eligible players must then be submitted to downtown. At what point will CMS (now Sue Doran) look into people like the Garinger AD who continuously report violations? Maybe that is where the real problem is at.

Wiley Coyote said...

CMS BOE members and parents of kids who only go to school because of sports will tell you playing sports builds character.

Obviously, someone forgot to tell the coaches.

....and many parents are getting ripped off paying $100 dollars for their kid to play a sport while about half get to play for free.

Anonymous said...

I don't live in the CMS area, but I don't understand how such simple infractions call for such drastic actions. If the players health and welfare aren't in jeopardy and there is no illegal recruiting going on, why can't there just be a fine and a reprimand or something. This AD is making the players question their coaches integrity for simple mistakes! No wonder the history of this program is so dark. Why doesn't the CMS AD do something about the blatant abuse of the transfer rules by players and coaches! Wow...unbelievable!

william said...

Coach Fisher gave those kids & program his heart & soul. The AD of Garinger has no clue about the connection between sports, education, community, and how it builds character for those kids. She refuse to give him assist with the football team. She was given the kids' paperwork weeks in advance so any player being ineligible is her(AD) fault. Everyone need to start seeing things for what they are and stop using these coaches as scape goats. When the AD gets fired that school athletic department will be better off & make a change for the best.

Anonymous said...

@Wiley Coyote...I don't think you should be so quick to put blame on the coach. The AD has to verify before the game that the roster being submitted is accurate and that the players are eligible. If she knew that a player was missing part of their eligibility packet (I think it is now up to 16 separate items) then how is she not also responsible? Track record shows that she is a common denominator in this schools violations.

Anonymous said...

No different than West Rowan. I live there. There is not a black kid anywhere in the area and yet the whole football team is black. Give me a break. I am not sure any of those kids even go to the school. I think they just show up and play football.

Anonymous said...

The best recruiters win. It is a sham. Butler & Indep have many out of area players, some even admitting it openly. Renting an apt next to the school while mainly living in your home makes the principals look foolish.
Look @ how many coaching changes have happen at Butler once J. Ritchie no longer was area superintendent.

Anonymous said...

I know many people that coach/work at Garinger and every single one with no exception says that the AD is a total mess and that she wishes half of the teams in the school didn't play. Sad but probably true.

dcboy60 said...

Why was Liggin suspended for a year? Who is running this store? Can it get any more ridiculous? I have to agree with the comments about Indy and Butler. Why has there been no investigation or even men tion of the kids who moved to apartment complexes in those school's areas just to play football.

dcboy60 said...

I also find interesting the comment about coaching changes at Butler after J. Ritchie (former Butler principle) left as the %# area superintendent.

Anonymous said...

I won't mention names. A qb and receiver at Butler (brothers) openly admit to renting an apartment to play there. Another receiver had his dad sign over guardianship for him to play there. This is corrupt and teaches all the kids on that team a bad lesson. Someday, they will find you can't manipulate the fair playing field in the future. SHAME!

Anonymous said...

To Mallard Creek fans and players, the previous comments are what you get to look forward to... just give it time.

Wiley Coyote said...

Anon 10:29...

This incident is just another in a string of coaching infractions that go on every year in CMS, college and pro sports.

Reagrding playing sports for free, CMS has no clue as to how many of the 75,000+ students who receive FRL qualify for it.

Absolutely no clue.

Anonymous said...

Those you are talking about at Butler are living in the apartments they rent. NOT renting & living somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Ever since I can remember (I'm a 1984 Garinger grad), Garinger has had a terrible football team. Trying to cheat isn't going to help the team. They've always been bad, and they will always be bad.

Anonymous said...

4:02, you are missing the point. It goes the spirit of sportsmanship to rent an apartment for athletic reasons. It creates an imbalance and leads to moral decay like you saw last year on the Butler team.

Anonymous said...

Is it ignorant how many you think you know about what goes on at garinger and other schools. Your focus should be on academics not sports and blaming the ADs. Some of the coaches refuse to work with the AD. Its also funny how you mention the former principal butler. It goes to show the AD had his support and no wrong doing occurred. However, if you don't have the support of administration to support you then the coaches are so big headed they will total ignore the ADs. Which makes it tougher for the AD's to have a successful honest program.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same AD from Garinger that didn't water the field causing an influx of geese which contaminated the field making it virtually impossible to play on?

anassumedidentity said...

Coach Fisher has gone above and beyond to make sure his team were ready- and eligible to play. When the coach is not given the list of eligible players by the AD until AFTER the game, well, you see what happens. Stuff rolls downhill, and an advocate for students at Garinger has been removed, while an employee of CMS remains in her seat of power.
We need desperate change in CMS, our kids deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Butler and Indep -- why are they exempt from CMS's rules yet receive publicity they are great?

Anonymous said...

no female AD's,,would be the right choice

ondyan said...

The AD has to verify before the game that the roster being submitted is accurate and that the players are eligible.
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