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A high-school football coach who forgot to file paperwork with state authorities has resigned from his coaching position.

Another high-school football coach who made a conscious decision to cheat -- and instructed his players to cheat -- still has his job.

How topsy-turvy is that?

Greenbrier High School coach Scott Chadwick stepped down Wednesday because he questioned his continued effectiveness as a team leader. It came to light recently that he unintentionally allowed two ineligible players to take the field, and he failed to fully submit medical forms to the Georgia High School Association to prove that everyone on his squad was healthy enough to play.

He and the school came clean almost immediately after this was discovered, dutifully investigated the matter and admitted the wrongdoing to the GHSA.

After doing right in the wake of doing wrong, Chadwick no longer is a coach.

Now let's look at Jody Grooms, the coach at Lakeside High School. In his team's final game of the season, before the final snap, he coached players on his team to run an illegal play. One player ran out of bounds while another receiver 40 yards downfield stepped off the sideline and into active play, in a failed attempt to catch a deep pass.

Let's say that another way: Grooms devised a way to cheat, then convinced his players that cheating is OK, then showed them the precise way they were going to cheat. It's the polar opposite of how he should be instructing young people under his guidance.

And he's still got his job.

It's absolutely unfair.

Granted, in Chadwick's case, the error of his ways is revealed not merely in the facts of the case, but in the potential consequences. Had the absent medical paperwork gone unnoticed, and one of the Greenbrier players with absent paperwork died or fell seriously ill during a game or practice, grave repercussions would have followed. That's likely why the GHSA levied, among other penalties, a $1,000 fine against Greenbrier -- four times the fine assessed against Lakeside for knowingly cheating.

But the Greenbrier incident doesn't rise to the level of moral and ethical shame of the Lakeside incident. Chadwick made a mistake that was wrong. Grooms made a decision he knew was wrong.

If a rank-and-file classroom teacher instructed pupils to cheat on a test, that teacher would be gone. Grooms isn't, apparently because none of his superiors wants to play the bad guy -- or at least not enough of a bad guy to rightfully toss the Lakeside coach out on his ear.

Cheating should never be tolerated, and Grooms should stop coaching at Lakeside.

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shivas
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shivas 12/07/07 - 07:39 am
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This is what the AC feels

This is what the AC feels compelled to make a priority? Pathetic newspaper.

smsutton
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smsutton 12/07/07 - 09:05 am
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This horse is dead already.

This horse is dead already. Chadwich CHOSE to "Step down"...GROOMES is sticking with his boys as he promised. I was at the Lakeside Awards Banquet. I thought Coach Groomes showed true remorse and humility when addressing the audience that evening....and it is quite clear that all of the boys on that team hold him in high regard.

ENOUGH!

advisor
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advisor 12/07/07 - 09:08 am
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GREAT editorial!!

GREAT editorial!!

getalife
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getalife 12/07/07 - 09:20 am
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Great editorial!! Cheating

Great editorial!! Cheating should not be taught in any school or any school event. Coach Grooms shows remorse because he was caught!!

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Dan White 12/07/07 - 09:28 am
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Amen! Right on with the

Amen! Right on with the editorial! Outtolunch - remorse isn't enough. He would not have been remorseful had he not gotten caught! Now, he needs to do the right thing and resign. If he is truely remorseful, he will step aside as coach. He needs to put some action behind his words! LHS allowing him to continue is an absolute disgrace in what public schools - both teachers and coaches - should be teaching the kids. Doesn't Columbia County have a character program with a character word of the week? Yes, they do, but obviously, they don't practice what they preach!

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/07/07 - 09:29 am
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Greenbrier High School coach

Greenbrier High School coach Scott Chadwick did the right thing by stepping down. Now this Jody Grooms fella should teach the youngans the right thing and step down and move to another school in a different county far away and try to do it right the next time.

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Little Lamb 12/07/07 - 09:39 am
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Chronicle editorial page

Chronicle editorial page editor Mike Ryan: "It's absolutely unfair." Former President Jimmy Carter: "Life is not fair."

junebug
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junebug 12/07/07 - 09:42 am
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Lakeside Awards Banquet. Now

Lakeside Awards Banquet. Now thats funny. Who won the award for top Cheetah?

backer
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backer 12/07/07 - 09:49 am
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good one junebug

good one junebug

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 12/07/07 - 09:50 am
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The fact that Grooms remains

The fact that Grooms remains as coach says a lot about his character. Clearly, he thinks a simple apology is sufficient. As long as he remains as coach the entire school will have a black mark next to its name. The drumbeat will continue for his termination forever until he's gone. You know, I can see the school sticking up for the guy if he was a winner, but his team stunk. Even if he was a winner, a cheater is a cheater. What an embarrassment.

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Eric 12/07/07 - 09:54 am
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I liked that one junebug.

I liked that one junebug. Morning greenjacket. Yep, the editorial is bang on the money. Green, you're right. Remorse isn't enough.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/07/07 - 09:58 am
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out2lunch, you are sure

out2lunch, you are sure enough OUT TO LUNCH. The award winning Cheetah should do the right thing and resign.

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patriciathomas 12/07/07 - 10:02 am
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Beat this horse for the rest

Beat this horse for the rest of the year and get it out of your system, AC. How about some stupid global warming warnings, or Marion Williams complaints? There's certainly no reason to write about anything meaningful when you can rehash some old pap that has been settled and won't be changed because of endless whining.

Eric
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Eric 12/07/07 - 10:02 am
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OH, and outtolunch, this

OH, and outtolunch, this horse isn't dead yet. There is a complaint to the ethics committee which they are investigating.

know you towell
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know you towell 12/07/07 - 10:09 am
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As I stated yesterday,

As I stated yesterday, Groomes made a mistake and as long as we (Lakeside people ) support him, who cares what you all think!!!! No one is perfect!! That was Chadwick's decision this is Groomes decision! GET A LIFEEEEEEEEE PLEASE!

Eric
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Eric 12/07/07 - 10:15 am
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Ah oneconsult. I suppose by

Ah oneconsult. I suppose by get a life you mean move to the LHS school district and enroll our kids in the Cheetah program? No thanks! I care about the morals and ethics of my kids and grandkids more than that.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/07/07 - 10:23 am
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I'm with the tide roller on

I'm with the tide roller on that one. There's going to be a time when our kids and grand kids will be running the show.

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youbet 12/07/07 - 10:23 am
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to oneconsult: all of the LHS

to oneconsult: all of the LHS people DO NOT support the coach.

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PTHS2 12/07/07 - 10:37 am
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Chivas - the welfare of our

Chivas - the welfare of our children is a priority to us. This issue is not going away as long as he is walking the hallways of LHS. I am glad the AC continues to cover this. I think you might feel differently if you had children in Columbia County, and more specifically Lakeside HS. Write again when you grow up.....

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FallingLeaves 12/07/07 - 10:50 am
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I don't generally follow

I don't generally follow football, but I followed this. So far it has turned out just as I predicted. Groomes stays. Chadwick leaves. Unfair. You bet. I hope the Ethics committee corrects this, if what post at 9:02 purports is true. If it doesn't, time has a way of fixing things, you just have to be patient.

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Dan White 12/07/07 - 10:54 am
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Morning, Tide. Good one

Morning, Tide. Good one junebug! :) One consult, no one is perfect, this is true, but what do you and patricia want since no one is perfect? Do we do away with suspending students who bring drugs in the schools, have sex in the restrooms, fight in the halls, and cheat on tests? Let's abolish ISS and OSS since no one is perfect and no one has the right to judge. Let's empty out the prisons. Let's disband the Professional Practices Commission that can take a teacher's certification away from him or her for misconduct, and by all means, let's give the female teacher/coach at Harlem High who had sex with another student back her position and release her from prison. Let's just do away with morality, cheat, get away with cheating, and go on leading our youth teaching them that if you can't win by the rules, you can always try to at least cheat your way to victory.

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PTHS2 12/07/07 - 11:04 am
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Good Morning, greenjacket.

Good Morning, greenjacket. Nice to see you haven't lost a step! Right on! Tide and I watched your six last night. With you guys here I can just watch and enjoy. I'm working on a new t-shirt design btw. You guys get them free as "test drivers".

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rics9300 12/07/07 - 11:04 am
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things have changed since i

things have changed since i went to high school on the south side some 30 yrs. ago.. today you kick a kid out of school for haveing an asprin..just one incident, i could list so many more stupid rules schools have today dont have space..lakeside high is run by the parents and there money...tmanbridges48

Eric
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Eric 12/07/07 - 11:06 am
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Thanks PTHS.

Thanks PTHS.

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Dan White 12/07/07 - 11:29 am
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rics - teaching kids to cheat

rics - teaching kids to cheat when your school system has implemented a character program with a character word of the week is a lot more serious than bringing an aspirin to school. Yes, there are stupid rules, but teaching and exemplifying honest character is not one of them. The penalty Nagle enacted against Grooms doesn't go far enough. He needs to be relieved of all coaching duties immediately if he doesn't resign. Perhaps he can go somewhere else and start over with the lessons on character he learned here - but as long as he is allowed to coach at LHS, the character lesson is incomplete. George O'Leary lost his dream job to coach Notre Dame in 2001 for what? You guessed it! Cheating - cheating on his resume. Why?The school didn't want a cheater leading their team or besmirking the reputation of their university. Did he learn his lesson? Yes, he is now successful at Central Florida as their coach, but the smudge will follow him always. And what about former Alabama football coach Mike Price? They fired him in 2003 for going to a nudie bar in Flordia - a lack of character on his part IF he is going to be the leader of young men. Grooms needs to go too!

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Dan White 12/07/07 - 12:02 pm
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The School Board,

The School Board, administrators, principals, and Nagle always preach, "We've got to do what's best for the kids! What's best for the kids? What's best for the kids?" That is their battle cry! But obviously, Nagle is doing what is best for Grooms instead of what is best for the kids. He doesn't want to hurt Grooms and take his coaching job away from him. They need to practice what their mantra is, that is, do what's best for the kids. He and Carney need to bring in a man who will build honest character in our kids and turn our youth into men of integrity. Check it out. Honesty is the 13th word on CCBOE's list of character words. http://www.ccboe.net/learning/qcc/character.html

coco rubio
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coco rubio 12/07/07 - 12:26 pm
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at this time i'd like to give

at this time i'd like to give a shout out to my alma mater, evans high school........go knights!

Outsidelookingin
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Outsidelookingin 12/07/07 - 12:42 pm
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Chadwick did the honorable

Chadwick did the honorable thing by resigning. He was ultimately responsible for what happened. Lakeside people should know that your team tried to run this play twice against Effingham. Go check the game film and look at the last three plays you had the ball. You tried with 10 men on the field and were flagged for not enough men on the line of scrimmage. Go look at the film. The penalty was declined. They then spiked the ball to stop the clock to set up the infamous trick play. This was not a spur of the moment decision.

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gmac9.3 12/07/07 - 12:58 pm
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My dictionary defines "cheat"

My dictionary defines "cheat" as " decieve by trickery, swindle or defruad " . Which, in my estimation, is the same as stealing.
Whether you cheat on a test, or in a game, you have swindled your way to a result you wanted, instead of working honestly to obtain your goal.
Teaching young people to be dishonest in any way should be grounds for dismisal for anyone paid by honest parents to teach their children. Any person in this position is rightfully expeceted to instruct kids in honesty and not in deception.

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Queen4842 12/07/07 - 01:32 pm
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Well I think one of the

Well I think one of the students should have a friend sneak in and replace him during the SAT testing, or better yet during the 12th grade testing for the diploma. It's the same thing.

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