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What we do as a school and football program at Pulaski Academy is nothing like Bishop Gorman. Also Jesse I think you may not be respecting some of the public school football programs in Arkansas as you should. Also in response to the Bishop Gorman coaches comments. I know several public school programs in Texas compete at a high level every year and have as much pride as anyone in maintaining elite success. Also you should look into what Nevada football is like before translating his statements to Arkansas. Batesville in 2012 and Morriton in 2013 seemed to me to compete just fine with us. Jesse do you think that over the years Batesville, Wynne, Greenwood, Fayetteville, Nashville, Bentonville, Camden Fairview, Warren, and LR Central haven't had elite programs ? Those schools could of all gone to other states and competed with the best teams around their size. Most of those aforementioned schools have produced great players that are in college or the NFL and been to multiple championships on a row. Arkansas high school football is on the rise and most programs are gaining more support from their communities. Jesse not all schools are going to be located in rural areas so comparisons are not equivalent. Also over the years don't you think that people have moved to Batesvillle from surrounding areas or school districts to for academics and to play in the wonderful athletic program Coach King has developed. Didn't Batesville's baseball team under Stu Smith win multiple state titles. Batesville has great facilities and community pride. Don't sale the pioneers legacy short. Lastly something for you to consider how many private schools end up hiring coaches from public schools and public schools hire private school coaches. Simply another perspective on the discussion at hand.
I agree. There is no doubt PA has accomplished some amazing things. They deserve respect. My point and the point of many people across the state is that PA has a very distinct advantage. Should there be a separate division for private schools ? yes. Over the past 10 years the most visible high school football program has been Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. They have a few National Championships and consistently dominate the state of Nevada. Head Coach Kenny Sanchez speaking to Bleacher Report said "We have parents actually move here from out of state to give their sons the best possible football exposure. Often we are able to help them out with financial aid and supportive tutoring. Our young men prosper here and many have gone on to do great things in college and the NFL. Is a private school more able to build a winning program ? of course. Public schools are far too limited to compete at this level year in and year out". Why can't PA backers at least admit what everyone else already knows ?