I'd just like to briefly throw my two cents in here, I think it's appropriate. Most of what I
will be responding to comes from my experience with the KAAC and how it works as well
as some personal experience.
First, to JPP:
KAAC does have a certification program in place to ensure that those who attend the
competitions are well versed on the rules. Losing certification does prevent you coaching
at meets; however, I am not aware of a situation like this ever occurring in the past - at
least not one being reported - so this, even talking of lifetime bans or suspensions, is
unprecedented ground for the association.
For those who have said that academic competitions are among the most corrupt things:
Contrary to what other people have said, the KAAC is perhaps the most well-
oiled and certainly is one of the most organized academic competition entities in the
country. They have numerous, stringent policies relating to fair play, recruiting, and any
number of other violations. The number of complaints that have been made on this board
toward Russell and numerous other undisclosed schools likely triples the number of
complaints that have been officially lodged in 20 years of competition. The KAAC takes
pride in running a fair competition for all member schools; this cannot be said of the
academic competitions in all states or even at the national level - I know from having
experienced it on both sides.
Third, to anyone inquiring about Col. Burgess:
Currently, as stated in the article, Col. Burgess is the director for the 16th region. His
capacity, I believe, is as a facilitator in the distribution of testing materials and as a
contact to the needs of tournament directors. If I'm not mistaken, his role has nothing
to do with calling or postponing the tournament. He will be just as interested as everyone
else as to the findings of the report. Part of what is at stake is the reputation that he
helped build, though I'm sure he is far more concerned with the well being of all the
students in the region.
Fourth, and I hate to beat the dead horse, but please refrain from comments deriding the
academic accomplishments of past, present and future STUDENTS. It is ultimately up to
them to decide how successful they are in the classroom and in Governor's Cup. That
being said, the teachers at Russell do an excellent job of preparing their students for
many aspects of life - social, mental, and scholastic. I understand that such an alleged
impropriety may look bad, but it should not invalidate years of well mannered achievement.
Lastly, as a member of two of Russell's state championship teams (I'm sure I am one of
those Russell robots!), I am eager to hear the findings by the KAAC that will be published
tomorrow. Until then, all this speculation is ridiculous. Not only are many people basing
their judgment off of stereotypes of the Russell school system, they are truly making life
difficult for individuals associated with the program. This is a regional story at best that
has become a media circus and has rapidly spread statewide. Despite what may or may
not have happened, the costs that members of various outlets have placed upon daily
activities of pupils at associated schools is flat out ridiculous.
I hope that this issue will be resolved in a manner that best accommodates everyone
involved and punishes those who were at fault appropriately, neither too harshly nor too
gently. Admittedly, I count Mr. Knupp as a personal friend and hope for his well being;
however, if found in violation of the Coaching Code of Conduct he should suffer consequences
proportional to the wrongdoing.