Things are just crazy right now.
We're putting the finishing touches on our annual Pigskin Preview, which will be out for public consumption a week from today. It's going to be well worth the read and it's also going to be the largest edition we've ever put out here at the newspaper.
Golf season is moving right along. Soccer matches and cross country races begin this week. Volleyball is right around the corner and although we are still in summer the "fall" sports are well under way.
Needless to say, it's quite a busy time.
I'm still shocked about what happened on Monday night at the Wood County Board of Education meeting.
I guess what disturbs me the most was the decision to not have a vote from the five members on the potential hire of Donna Dixon.
Of course, Mrs. Dixon was the candidate who was recommended for the vacant position of head wrestling coach at Parkersburg South, which was left empty by Paul Jackson numerous months ago.
When I found out none of the board of education members bothered to second the motion to bring possible discussion and a forthcoming vote on the status of Dixon, I was a tad dumbfounded to be honest.
I'm not in the loop to be privy to all the information which others might have available to them, but a wise man once told me something I think aptly applies here.
"By not making a decision, is making a decision."
I think there is a lot of truth to that statement which applies here.
The sad part about this entire situation comes from the fact the people getting hurt the most are the wrestlers at Parkersburg South.
They have no coach. I'm sure that doesn't bother a team and a great program like Huntington in the least. Obviously, the Highlanders are champing at the bit to take down the Patriots this winter and hoist the Class AAA hardware in their own arena.
Evidently, the board of education, at least from the bleacher seat view by this scribe, doesn't feel Mrs. Dixon is the right person for the job.
There isn't a valid argument against the fact that former Parkersburg South head mat coach Dan Clevenger (1988-89) had the best qualifications in terms of experience for the job. However, the work from years past for Mr. Clevenger sure didn't help out in his favor considering he failed to get the recommendation.
Now, it seems we are back to where we started and pretty much have come full circle.
I hate to make light of a situation such as this, especially when one considers the magnitude and importance of this job, but it's almost comical. This thing has had more twists and turns than an episode of "Days of our Lives."
Anyway, I figured since this whole ordeal soon might be starting all over again I should ask coach Jackson the obvious question.
Will you apply for the job if it's reposted?
He kindly replied, "no comment."
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