These are real hardships that should embarrass those who suggest that sitting out school sports for a single contest or an entire career is a hardship.

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It appears that correcting one thing adversely affected another thing; and the second problem is much more painful than the first one was.

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No entity can do a good job at some things if it’s being asked to do everything.

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The fact is, the future of the transfer rule will be less about extending its reach and more about retaining its existence.

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Tournaments which favor no teams through a seeding scheme cause fewer arguments.

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Developing a seeding plan is not at all difficult, but living with one could be.

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This is a cautionary tale for those who desire that the number of classifications and divisions be expanded in MHSAA tournaments for other sports.

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What is happening in Auburn Hills is, quite literally, in an entirely different league.

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About the Author

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as its Executive Director since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the Association which boasts 1,500 member schools, 10,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 44 years, Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in almost every state and five Canadian provinces. He is one of the nation's most articulate advocates for educational athletics.

Roberts has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), is in his second term on the board of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center for seven years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played defensive safety for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span, and he sang in Dartmouth's close harmony vocal group.

His wife, Peggy, has retired from a 30-year career in social services, and is serving as president of the board of the Fenner Nature Conservancy in Lansing.