One of every seven MHSAA member high schools has an athletic director this year who has not served in that role for at least the past five years. 

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Posted in: Leadership
I listened to my gut which, long before my head, knew something was not right. 

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Posted in: Perspective
Those who love and lead high school football in Michigan may be looking through the wrong end of the microscope.

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Posted in: Football
No one is recruiting tuba players from one school to another. Debaters are not often subject to undue influence.

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Opponents see national events as symptomatic of the "select the best and forget the rest" virus that is infecting much of youth sports that is neither school-sponsored nor student-centered.

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Somewhere I heard a speaker say: “The most exciting thing in life is to be shot at . . . and missed.”

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While media will opine that increasing classifications waters down the tournament, our arguments are more practical.

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One could change the qualifying system or double the number of qualifiers so that even winless teams make the playoffs, and some schools would still refuse to schedule others . . .

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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 several national association boards 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 was elected to the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation in December of 2013 and to the board of directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations in June of 2016.

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.