June 19, 2012
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“17 YEAR OLD CHILD PREVENTED FROM PLAYING FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF EDUCATED ADULTS!”
The news was simple as reported by Rich Scarcella in the Reading Eagle on May 24, 2012:
PIAA rules: No football for Unger
“The PIAA board of control voted unanimously Wednesday to uphold District 3's decision that Corey Unger is ineligible to play football at Wyomissing in the fall. Unger, a record-setting quarterback at Fleetwood, transferred to Wyomissing in December and played baseball for the Spartans this spring.
Fleetwood officials filled out a PIAA waiver form stating that they believe the transfer was made for athletic intent, which resulted in the District 3 hearing in March. The District 3 committee voted 12-1 to support Fleetwood's position that Unger's transfer was motivated by athletics and that he is ineligible to play football for the Spartans.”
This was their facts but it was not the truth says Corey Unger’s Father, Mike. “We needed to make a change because we began to notice an attitude change in Corey. Although a good athlete, he did not want to go to school, was being vocal about certain teachers and even hitting walls.” It was decided that the best thing to do would be to send Corey to another school where he was not the center of attention and the only hope for a football program that only won 2 games in 3 seasons. Perhaps the pressure was the problem for the attitude problems. Some would say it was not a smart decision to make the move as a senior. Corey’s mother Dawn explains, “Corey wanted to stay at Fleetwood his senior year because he wanted to help his friends on the team but we knew what he needed was a different environment at a smaller school, better teacher/student ratios and academically focused. Mike and I both work at Reading Hospital and Wyomissing was the best choice for us and as parents for Corey.”
It is acknowledged that the Wyomissing Spartans football team is a perennial powerhouse but not known as a passing team. It is also acknowledged by most that taking a 16 year old child who had success in one system and then putting them into another system that is totally different is not the smartest move for individual success. After all, Corey holds all Fleetwood Quarterback records and is second only to current NFL player and Wilson graduate Chad Henne in yardage going into a senior season, but that was never an issue.
Kelly Blake Moran, an active parent and resident in Fleetwood said it best about the PIAA hearings, “Fleetwood administrators you may know consistently allude to additional evidence they have that was submitted to the PIAA which they can not divulge to the public. That evidence has been divulged. It consists of two documents: 1) Corey's football statistics, and 2) Wyomissing's football record against Fleetwood. In effect, Corey could not have moved to any school that plays Fleetwood on a consistent basis.”
The Unger family has been under siege from so many people that assume this was all about playing football. The truth is football is part of the Unger family legacy but to be so shortsighted as to think that football is the only motive is very ignorant when you take all of the facts and compare what you would do as a parent. It comes down to one thing. Do parents know best or do school administrators?
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