Every policy described in the current Handbook got there as a response to people wanting more rules or recommendations . . .

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That’s the story. But it’s been mangled by most professional and social media which have rushed mindlessly to ridicule the athletic association.

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Behind the glitz and glamor of major college athletics is a program without, it appears, any rudder but the pursuit of more revenue . . .

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I don’t know how school administrators and local boards of education do it.

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The bad news is, Michigan public school students are still sitting in the back of the school bus.

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Soccer is a global game, and we are not going to change it at the high school level in the US. I don’t really care.

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 I saw none of this until I got beneath the surface, and waited.

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The loss of long-form reporting by professional media who have spent many years with the topics and persons involved has affected all news reporting . . .

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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, 11,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 43 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 six years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He was selected to the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation in December of 2013.

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. 

Jack and Peggy are passionate world travelers and have two grown sons: John, who - with his partner, Liliana Garces - are on the school of education faculty at Penn State University; and Luke, who - with his wife, Alison - are educators in a school for Chinese students in Shanghai.