By Mike White | Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, 8:10 p.m.
Notes from the PIAA Board of Control meeting, football recruiting front and WPIAL football schedule
The state football championships will stay in Hershey for the next four years.
The PIAA Board of Control has meetings tonight and tomorrow, and one of the items on the agenda tonight was the future of the football championships. They will stay at Hersheypark Stadium through the 2013 season.
Hersheypark Stadium had literally no competition to host the games. Hersheypark was the only venue to make a formal proposal to play host to the games.
Now if Hersheypark Stadium would do something about the locker rooms. Actually, it's ridiculous the state championships are at a venue with such bad locker rooms. In fact, they aren't locker rooms. They are small rooms with some benches and hooks on the wall. Many teams can't even fit their teams in one locker room. They have to split up into two rooms. Then at halftime, there isn't enough room to get everyone together.
Hersheypark should spend some money and refurbish the locker rooms. Coaches complain about them every year. Yes, teams should be happy to dress anywhere if they are in the state championships. But it's pretty bad when you can't even get your team in one room. The locker rooms certainly aren't first class. They're more like 32nd class.
Big East or ACC for McBryde
It's been pretty quiet on the Western Pennsylvania football recruiting front because pretty much all of the Division I prospects have made their college choices. But one player has come away with some late Division I scholarship offers and will now decide between a Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference school.
Beaver Falls' B.J. McBryde, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound senior lineman, will choose between Connecticut and Boston College. Both have offered scholarships.
McBryde also plays basketball for Beaver Falls, but his future is all about football. Beaver Falls basketball coach Doug Biega said, "I think what happened is some of these teams ended up with some scholarships left. B.J. is 6-6, 230 pounds so he has some size and athletic ability that colleges like."
That athletic ability is evident in the picture to the left as McBryde throws down a dunk in a basketball game.
Biega said Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall was at Beaver Falls today and was supposed to meet with McBryde tonight.
Also in recruiting news at Beaver Falls, the Tigers' football team had a standout running back the past few years in Cody Cook, who rushed for more than 4,000 career yards. It is very likely Cook will sign with Youngstown State.
Shell vs. Caputo in season finale
The WPIAL has released its football schedules for the 2010 season. The WPIAL schedules all regular-season games for teams, except the season opener. Teams schedule their season opener.
The WPIAL set up a grand finale by scheduling West Allegheny and Hopewell to meet on the final night of the regular season (Oct. 29). Ahh, I don't think was done by accident. This game will be highly anticipated because of the team's star running backs - Hopewell's Rushel Shell and West Allegheny's Mike Caputo. They had two epic battles last year - in the regular season and in the WPIAL championship.
This past season, West Allegheny and Hopewell met in the seventh week of the season.
Caputo was the Post-Gazette Player of the Year this past season. Shell was a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick as a sophomore and junior, and was named a Maxpreps.com sophomore All-American this year.
Here are some interesting non-conference games for next season:
Sept. 10 - North Hills at Woodland Hills; Penn Hills at Gateway. Sept. 17 - North Allegheny at Upper St. Clair. Sept. 24 - West Allegheny at Upper St. Clair; Hopewell at Mt. Lebanon; Chartiers Valley at Bethel Park. Oct. 15 - Gateway at Central Catholic.
And one other game worth mentioning. On Oct. 29, it's Altoona at Erie McDowell. These are the two new additions to the WPIAL. I don't know have a map with me, so I have no idea how you would drive from Altoona to Erie. But I'm guessing that has to be about three hours, right? Ouch.
No more scholarships left
McKeesport football player Ty-Meer Brown recently made a verbal commitment to Connecticut. He will play defensive back. At one time during last season, Brown was offered a scholarship by Pitt. Brown had some interest in Pitt, but didn't accept the scholarship at the time. He said he was eventually told by Pitt that it did not have any scholarships left for him. But Brown might not have picked Pitt even if the Panthers still had a scholarship for him.
"Pitt told me they ran out of scholarships," Brown said. "They said they would see what would happen after signing day, but I really couldn't count on that."
Brown also had offers from Bowling Green, Akron and Toledo.
Ty-Meer Brown was known mostly as an option quarterback at McKeesport, but will play defensive back at UCONN.