Peach County presents case to GHSA Trustees
THOMASTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia High School Association’s Board of Trustees took no action Monday after Peach County head football coach Chad Campbell presented the school’s case.
Campbell, upset over the outcome of last week’s AAA championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, spoke for about half an hour about why he felt his team was wronged in the 10-6 loss to Calhoun. The 11th year head coach said the official who ruled the apparent fourth quarter touchdown pass an incomplete pass “had the worst view of them all.”
He also questioned why the officials never met to discuss the play after the call was made.
“Not one time–not for one second–did they try to get this call right,” Campbell said.
A GHSA attorney said at the start of the meeting there would be no decision made and that the meeting was only for informational purposes. Campbell said he was never informed the meeting would be informational only.
Campbell, who told the board he wasn’t appealing a judgment call but instead a misinterpretation of rules, asked the trustees to consider resuming the game with three and a half minutes left.
“We’ll play on the concrete out there if we have to,” he said. “If we can’t do that, we want to be named co-champions.”
GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines said after the meeting both those proposals have never been up for consideration.
Hines also stood by the organization’s by-law, put in place in October, which says judgment calls are not reviewable or reversible. When asked if that means he believes the official interpreted the catch rule correctly, he said he “wasn’t here to talk about the call.”
“I can tell you that judgment calls made by contest officials are not reviewable or reversible,” he said. “I took extensive notes about what coach Campbell said. I understand what his concerns are.”
GHSA president Dr. Glenn White said the board is scheduled to meet again next month. According to the organization’s website, a “Hardship/Appeal Meeting” is scheduled for January 23.