United South cancel spring football game

The United South Panthers called off their spring game on Wednesday night due to a number of players not having the ratings the team would have wanted throughout the half.

“That’s how I want things to work here is we give you a standard man, and you have to live with it,” head football coach Joe Coss said. “And honest to God, I firmly believe that young men and women will live up to that standard if you set that standard for them.”

Coach Coss said the team had players with failing grades, but was quick to add that it was no different from years past.


The purpose of the spring game being canceled was that he and his coaching staff had told the players before spring football that they had to maintain their grades in order to play in the game at the end.

The team didn’t so they called off the game. But he also said he was happy to see how his team reacted to the decision, especially how his new managers acted.

“When we retired, the coaching staff, they got themselves together in a team meeting and we watched them from afar,” Coss said. “They met, they had a big huddle, and hopefully one of our future captains (Brandon Benavides) kind of stood there and talked to them and after that it was a good feeling.

“Obviously we do some things and there are doubts out there, but when you do things with passion and heart, something good will come out of it.”

Athletes are not required to have passing grades to play spring football, but United South coaching staff have told their players they will treat spring as a dry run for autumn, even on the academic side.

No pass, no game.

The topic of off-season ratings has been a hot topic for the past few years. While in college, when Nets guard Ben Simmons was a freshman at LSU, he spoke openly about not even going to class in the spring because he had already locked in his spot in the NBA Draft.

“I have Bs and Cs; I’m not going to class next semester because I don’t need them,” Simmons said at the time.

But the United South coaching staff don’t want their players to think that way. He wants them to be committed to excelling in the classroom from start to finish throughout the school year.

Coss even considered raising the standards just to push his players to be better.

“I can definitely tell you this, man, if the UIL (University Interscholastic League) sets a 70 as a requirement for you to play, a grade 70 number… well, I’ve always thought of this man , I have, ‘Well, UIL says 70, but South, we’ll say 80, ‘right?’ He said, “So what are the kids going to do if they want to play? They’re going to be 80, you know what I mean?”

“That’s the point I’m trying to make is that every year I’ve tried to raise the level a little bit higher, a little bit higher, still accessible, right? But I’ve tried to raise the standard higher and higher where kids are still reaching that standard, but at the same time you’re striving to be better. That’s really what’s happening right now.”

The United South head coach also said he would never officially require athletes to maintain an average above 80, but the idea of ​​pushing his players not just to meet standards but to exceed them is very important for him.

Additionally, he wants these standards to be met and exceeded at all levels of his program, from varsity players to freshmen and starters to reserves. Each player’s rank is important on a football team at the top level of Texas football, especially at the state championship level.

In 1998, the Katy Tigers were kicked out of the playoffs a day before a state championship game with Midland Lee because a rarely used reserve tampered with his report card.

Ratings count up and down both when players are on the field and long after they last walked on it.

“You’re going to end up giving the equipment back,” Coss said. “Your football career is going to end, isn’t it? And then the moment you get to that point, you pray, you hope that the underclassmen (and the reserves) will do the right thing for you .

“So you say, ‘How many seniors in this group?’ And they raise their hands, there are 12, 15, 20 old people, right? And you say, ‘Okay, everyone is going to be in this position. This group of seniors couldn’t play a spring game because together we (didn’t hold) good standards when it came to grades. So think about those freshmen. When you arrive at this standard, will you expect others to help you with the program? »

“And finally, if you see in brief what we are doing, if you think about it in this way, everyone has to work together to send the seniors on a high. This promotion of seniors is the first promotion that (this coaching staff) had them for four years. That’s all they know. So I think for lack of a better term, we played with our standards this spring and I hope the guys understand that it’s important. It is important that everyone does their part when it comes to grades.

thomas.lott@lmtonline.com

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