Hazing allegations end Pennsylvania high school football season

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by Jeff Fisher

Alright, these stories are getting old and with each revelation, more disgusting.

Thursday, another high-profile football program had its 2014 season come to a close at the hands of school administrators in light of hazing allegations.  According to Philly.com, Central Bucks School District officials cancelled the remaining of the C.B West football season “after it said it learned that players had subjected rookies to “humiliating” hazing in a preseason initiation.”

As I stated in last week’s commentary about Sayreville High School in New Jersey, I refuse to write about the details and will continue that policy here. However, I do stand by my statement that the adults in-charge, need to be held accountable for what’s going on.  I also believe that the student-athletes that were involved – directly or indirectly – need to be held accountable for their actions.

Under, legendary head coach Mike Pettine, Sr., C.B West became one of the top programs in America. Mike’s son, Mike Jr. is the head coach of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.  During the elder Pettine’s career, the Bucks were 327-42-4, including a run of four straight Pennsylvania high school football titles in the 90’s.

School officials have cancelled the last two games of the season. The Bucks were 2-6 through eight games.

The Bucks are one of the programs that I covered with pride during the Pettine Era. Tonight, I’m saddened by the loss suffered by the boys that were violated.  It’s also very sad that this once proud high school football program has been tarnished by individuals that didn’t put the student-athletes protection first.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.