Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FHSAA picks up a supporter

As two bills critical of the Florida High School Athletic Association find new signs of life in the legislature, the state's governing body for high school sports has added another vocal ally.

The National Federation of State High School Associations issued a rare resolution this week supporting the FHSAA against proposals to overhaul its structure, limit its investigative powers, weaken its finances and make it easier for athletes to shop schools.

"We live in an age and time of society where absolutely no one wants to hear 'No…' " NFHS executive director Bob Gardner said Thursday in a teleconference. "Those people go to anybody that they can find that they think can overturn that and get their way and say yes. Unfortunately in this instance, they've chosen to go to the legislature."

And the legislature is slowly pushing the bills forward. House Bill 1279 is waiting to be heard on the House of Representatives floor. Its weaker companion, Senate Bill 1164, was considered dead before being resurrected in the Senate's education committee.

Committee chairman Sen. John Legg said he had "extreme reservations and concerns" about the bill but will allow it to be discussed Monday morning.

"We know it's important to the House and several other individuals," said Legg, R-Lutz. "So we wanted to hear the debate. We're not afraid of the debate."

Neither is FHSAA commissioner Roger Dearing, who had his second conference call with reporters. He reiterated fears that easing transfer restrictions would cause free agency.

Staff writer Jeffrey Solochek contributed to this report.

FHSAA picks up a supporter 04/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated


    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve


    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.
  4. Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov's offense even more dangerous

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.

    Nikita Kucherov’s backhand shot adds to his strong scoring.
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe


    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]