There is no coincidence as to why McDevitt is better than Roman, FJ and Ryan. Coach Watkins is a great coach and even better program builder. He’s not coaching at McDevitt with an open check book. He’s built that program from the bottom up and has complete buy in from all of his kids and coaches.In a short amount of time, it has become clear McDevitt is far and away a better job than Judge/Ryan/Roman. GG you are on point. There is no more league. When the Wood coach says after a loss to the Prep that he is not worried about anything not 5A, that is all you need to know. At least Carroll got the heck out of Red. Even if they don't win, they feel like they have a shot.
I can see your perspective. But remember 2 years ago. Roman LaSalle at PW. Lasalle bailed out and given 3 opportunities to win that game. I don’t bring this up because of the outcome but more from the perspective that the talent differential between Roman and LaSalle was not wide. Same season Roman loses to Prep(without Swift) by 12.CYO I hate to disagree with you because I almost always agree. But McDevitt has a realistic shot to compete to win the blue PCL and a path to state playoffs even if they don't. Roman and Judge will never win a PCL because they will never beat LS, Prep, and Wood in a year and their absolute best upside is to somehow beat LS or Prep in the first playoff game...they will never be able to beat them both. As said above, Vandy will never win the SEC. This is like having a conversation about how new member Devon Prep can win a hoops title. That is never ever going to happen.
Two reasons. First $$$$. Second Wood already established as destination spot and is AAAAA vs AAAAAA. So before the transfer rules established kids would move to Wood to win a title.Im certainly not a PCL expert, and I understand both both LaSalle and St Joes being the creme de la creme both academically and athletically compared to the rest of the PCL. But why cant Judge/Ryan compete with the likes of a Wood? At one point, Wood was a cellar dweller in the PCL until they made the commitment to bringing in better coaches and better players. Im assuming the school and facilities are similar, the academics similar, the cost similar, the geography similar being within 10 miles of each other. So why cant ( or wont) Judge/Ryan compete for the same kids Wood is getting knowing that Wood wasn't always getting those type kids?
It also should be noted that tuition at LaSalle and Prep is more the double--and may be triple--what it is at the archdiocesan schools. Both schools therefore have to give substantial tuition assistance to students from families whose incomes are not high, i.e, some lower-middle and even middle-middle income families as well as lower income families. Now it should be no news to anyone that many of the most promising students athletes who play football and basketball are from families who are not from high income or upper-middle income families. That means those students, like other students who are not athletes but who are from families with same financial needs, qualify for tuition support. That does not mean there isn't, as GG indicates, other money from alumni and others that offers further tuition reduction. In some cases, however, a student who is a football or basketball player, may qualify for full or nearly full tuition support--entirely separate from any support from any special "booster" type fund.Two things. Schools raise monies away from archdiocese and can distribute how they want. At school level. A committee distributes the money. Can be based on academics, legacy etc. School kicks the money downtown to archdiocese for base rate and family gets the discount. Adiitionally state tax money can be allocated to individual schools and school can allocate that as they please as long as family meets the criteria under state program.
Additionally there are private athletic based booster clubs. They privately raise money. That money is allocated in that specific sport to go get players and reduce or alleviate tuition. So checks are written directly to school bursar and a list is given whom to allocate the money to. Been going on for years at privates, parochial, hell even public schools for out of district tuition kids.
Are kids getting money off tuition for athletic prowess. Absolutely yes. Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge and understand that is certifiably clueless to the real world. However there are also kids with fake addresses renting over some pizza place to attend public school for football, lacrosse, etc who have never slept a night there. But yes if you are good at football there will be opportunities afforded to you in SEPA to go to a tuition based school for cheaper than if you play the clarinet.
That is really interesting to hear. I guess I didn't realize the number of options kids have both academically or for football in SEPA. Out here, its PCC or your local public school. The smaller private school like North Catholic or Seton LaSalle have decent programs, but nothing like PCC and the publics. In Erie, I think its even more pronounced because I guess the public school aren't as good educationally or in sports.New, it's not uncommon at a youth football game to see 10-15 schools all there watching, including the local public school. And each of those schools can point to kids from that team or area that have attended, therefore there is a historical "pipeline" to show why the kid should attend their school.