Follow Up to Mifflin County Recruiting Story

| October 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

I wanted to touch base with everyone about the column I wrote a few days ago.

First off, I wanted to apologize publicly to the Milliken and Wert families.  Sometimes when you take a few days away from something you wrote and then re-visit it, you see things in a different light.

I did with this column and I’d like to address those.

Number one, some of my comments were attacking and insensitive to both boys. I regret that. I’m passionate about this sport, but sometimes passion can get in the way of clarity, reason and common sense. I never met to cause them any distress.

I wish nothing but the best of luck to both boys, not only in wrestling but everything they do in life. I cheered for Buck Dippery at Central Dauphin and I will do the same for Quentin and Andrew at Trinity.  I just wish they would be wearing purple and silver, that’s all.

Number two, I spoke (through email) with Don Milliken last night and I appreciate his candor and honesty with me. He told me things that really were none of my business and I respect him for that. I promised him I wouldn’t discuss what was said during our correspondence and I will abide by his wishes.

I will say this. The job he was offered is legitimate and I don’t blame him for taking it. Any of us would. He’s a decent human being.

What I won’t apologize for is the real reasons I wrote the piece – the blatant recruiting going on in high school wrestling (and all sports for that matter) and to tell the doubters that Mifflin County will still be a solid team, despite the losses.

One thing Don and I do disagree on is Chris Bentley. I still believe, from what I’ve heard from my sources, that he is using the Renegade Force Club to recruit and I will continue to call him out on it.

In closing, once again, I wish both families nothing but good will and best of luck in all their future endeavors.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. Bob Pecht says:

    Well said. And I have no doubt that MC will still be a powerhouse. Yeah you probably wonn fill those shoes this yeear with the same talent but with the practice room stacked tthe way it is, it will be soon. Good job Brian and I never said I disagreed with all your thoughts and comments. Recruiting is going on for a fact but not in this families case. It just was a good thing that the job offer was close to some of the many extra coaches that Q has had over the past 5-7 years. And i believe i told Don the same thing, he would still look better in purple and silver.. Actually better in red,blue and white. Go Dutch.. haha

  2. Steve Roselle says:

    Cool website devoted to a great sport! Just learned about this via a Bob Hower post from another site (Bob has been a family friend for 40+ years). My dad Charlie was involved a little bit with wrestling in Mifflin County when I was growing up. I’ve had the pleasure to know some of the men he coached – state champs and guys with poor won/lost records. Regardless of won/lost record, most if not all of these guys, are VERY impressive men. Wrestling requires incredible commitment and dedication. Fostering these qualities can contribute to success in other — far more important — aspects of life. Sounds like you folks are keeping things in perspective!

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