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CIF Votes to Postpone Final Decision on Rule 600 Change (Outside Competition – Soccer)

May 7, 2010 11 comments

According to good sources, the CIF has voted to indefinitely postpone making a final decision regarding a proposed change to Bylaw 600. As proposed, the rule change would seriously impact club and high school soccer in Northern California.

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Rumor Mill: Is Rocklin High School basketball coach Steve Taylor resigning?

April 8, 2010 12 comments

News Story (4/11/2010): The Sacramento BeeRocklin Coach Steps Down, cites relentless Pace
(Note: End of Sac Bee story mentions reason for Rocklin being placed on probation by CIF)

Rumor: I’ve now heard the entire coaching staff (varsity, JV and freshman) resigned, not just Taylor. Can anyone validate this? If true, what was the reason given?

News Story (4/9/2010)Auburn JournalRocklin’s Taylor resigns as basketball coach

UPDATE (4/9/2010): Word coming in now is Steve Taylor has resigned as coach for Rocklin varsity boys basketball. More to come as information rolls my way.

(4/9/2010) Recent activity on this web site suggests something might be in the works regarding Steve Taylor’s tenure as Rocklin High School’s varsity boys basketball coach.

Was it something a note someone slipped my way on a napkin? An anonymous email or post? Neither. It was something found in this site’s readership reports. Specifically site search terms and pages read.

Over the past week a couple of things have caught my eye.

First, when some arrives on this site as a result of a Yahoo, Bing or Google search, the search terms used to get here are captured and displayed to me as the site administrator. During the past week, I noted quite a few people arrived at the site using search terms containing one or more of the following words or strings:

– Steve Taylor
– Rocklin
– Resigned
– Rockin High School
– CIF sanctions
– recruiting violations

Second, the first story I ever published on this site, Rocklin and Roseville High School recruiting violations, has recently seen a resurgence in activity. The original story was posted on March 2, 2010. One would expect readership of the story to decrease over time, which it had. That was until last week when traffic began to climb again.

Now, I am not in the know as to whether Steve Taylor is going to resign, but if I were a betting man…

In the end, the truth will come out. I may be wrong in my analysis, I may be right. Either way, the data analysis certainly is interesting… even as a conversation piece.

Lies, Damned Lies and CIF Statistics

We all know how important the use of statistics can be to winning an argument or swaying public opinion. We also know politicians have become experts at creating and using statistics on the fly with little worry of backlash given the public’s limited appetite to question or do the research required to validate. Politicians prey on laziness and ignorance.

Apparently, CIF officials know this all to well and have no problem invoking the same strategy when it comes to getting what they want. Especially when that something is winning an appeals case or making CIF and its commissioners look good in the eyes of peers, the press, CIF members, parents, the public and, most importantly, the legal system.

In a recent article, State CIF Appeals Coordinator, Bob Wallace told the Auburn Journal, “…the CIF hears more than 100 appeals challenging section rulings statewide each year, on average. Nearly 60 percent favor the athlete appealing…” That does sound awfully good – six of ten athletes appealing a CIF decision win upon appeal. That kind of number makes it look like CIF is actually listening to appellants and upon hearing “evidence” contrary to CIF findings, overturning its original decision. On the flipside, it makes the 40% of denied appeals seem to be really bad since CIF is, after all, so accommodating when it comes to appeals.

Mother always said, “If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.” That’s right everyone, what Bob Wallace said was factually incorrect. Not true. Flat our wrong.

According to a CIF Economic Viability Report submitted to the State Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January of 2010, CIF eligibility decisions were overturned on appeal less than 40% of the time. The facts show CIF decisions were overturned only 30.4% and 36.8% of the time during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years respectively. For those interested in how their section fared, the document breaks out appeals hearing results by CIF section.

Seems like the headline for this story and my mother were right.

Assembly Bill 352 needs to be passed. YOU can help!

Did you know Assemblywoman Audra Strickland authored a Bill last year striking right at the heart of the CIF?

The main thrust of Assembly Bill 352 (AB 352) requires CIF to comply with the Calfornia Public Records Act. As such, CIF will be treated as a public agency and required to provide the public with access to all records related to its operation. AB 352 also includes language permitting CIF to redact sensitive personal information when releasing records to the public, but does not allow withholding of records or documents for this reason.

The passage of AB 352 will finally lift the veil of secrecy CIF has operated under for years. No longer will CIF’s media silence and refusal to produce documents related to its activities and decision be allowed. The public will finally gain access to CIF records. A new era of CIF transparency and accountability will arrive when this Bill is passed.

As you probably guessed, CIF has lobbied hard to kill this Bill. This despite a unanimous committee vote by the Assembly in April of 2009 to move the bill along. They don’t want people knowing the truth. On the other side of the coin, the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) publicly supports passage of AB 352. In June of 2009, CNPA sent a letter to Assemblywoman Strickland detailing its support of the Bill.

So where is AB 352 today? In May of 2009, it was referred to the Committee on Rules (document) which is chaired and vice-chaired by Ted Lieu and Ted Gaines respectively. It sits in Committee today, waiting to be finalized and passed. Unless the public lets the legislature know it wants AB 352 to pass, it is likely to die in Committee.

How can you help?

Contact the following people to let them know your story and that you want AB 352 passed now. Also, tell your friends to do the same:

Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (Author of AB 352)
Phone: 916.319-2037
E-Mail: Assemblymember.Strickland@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Ted Lieu (Chair, Committee on Rules)
Phone: 916.319-2053
E-mail:Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Ted Gaines (Vice Chair, Committee on Rules)
Phone: 916.319.2004
E-mail: Assemblymember.Gaines@assembly.ca.gov

Let’s work together to let the State know we’ve had enough of status quo from the CIF and passage of AB 352 is a big step in the right direction towards changing the organization for the better.