Everyone was ready for Tuesday’s rematch of last season’s Public School Athletic League rematch between Jefferson and Lincoln. Everyone except for Jefferson that is.
Bud Pollard and his crew kept everyone waiting at Lincoln High School as Lincoln didn’t even get so much as a phone call while players, coaches, spectators and the media patiently waited. Eventually, Lincoln had it’s ring ceremony for last year’s championship team and then announced that Jefferson had officially forfeited.
I put in a couple of calls to coach Pollard for an explanation, but they were not returned. This morning Vernon Jones of NYCBasketball.com had the scoop though.
According to Jones, Pollard said, “too many players broke various team rules…I have to draw the line in the sand somewhere….At the end of the day it’s about teaching the kids that there are consequences for your actions. We have had success at Lincoln and this is one of those big games that you don’t want to miss, but I had to make a statement to the players before things get out of hand.”
Pollard told Jones that multiple team rules were violated including dress code and use of cell phones.
It’s still disappointing that the game wasn’t played. It seems like Pollard could have fielded a team and simply benched the players that violated the rules, but we really don’t know what happened behind the scenes. Pollard is a veteran coach that knows best how to discipline his players. Heck, there might not have even been enough players left to even play the game.
Lincoln improves to 6-0 on the season while Jefferson falls to 4-2. Both teams play again on Thursday. Lincoln will take on Grady while Jefferson plays Westinghouse.
Check back later for more on Lincoln’s ring ceremony.