I’ve already blogged about Henderson County head coach Duffer Duffy’s suspension this past week. Since then, there has been a letter from a player and a letter from Duffer himself to the Henderson Gleaner trying to explain the situation.
But Friday night, the long time broadcaster of the Colonel’s football team stepped down. At half time.
So in the past three week’s Henderson has seen an assistant coach, Tom Duffy, Sr. resign, the head coach, Tom Duffy, Jr. suspended for inappropriate conduct, and the play by play man of 31 years, Henry Lackey quit in the middle of a broadcast. And of course all of this follows the preseason death of player Ryan Owens and the subsequent rumors and accusations of wrongdoing by the coaches.
No one is accusing the coaches or killing Ryan Owens. I don’t think they “worked him to death” in the July sun. I think they were negligent. Criminally negligent? I don’t know. Probably not. But I think they made some big mistakes and have showed no accountability for mistakes they may have made that put Owens in jeopardy.
But there’s an awful lot of red flags popping up in Henderson County. This whole situation fails the smell test.