2018-01-13 / News

Can football survive at Cameron County?

Future of the football program in the Cameron County School District was the subject of discussion during a school board workshop last week.

It was sparked by the resignation of head coach Scott Burnside and a report that none of his assistant coaches is interested in the post.

During debate over whether to advertise for a successor, board member Robert Lininger suggested the district consider reducing the number of paid staff positions or even dropping football.

“We need to look at whether football is going to be viable if participation levels don’t increase,” he said. “We need a minimum number of kids, or injuries become a concern.”

Member Sheila Guisto cautioned against overreacting.

“All sports are seeing a decline, but if we lose (football), it will not only affect the students, but also the band, cheerleaders and the entire community,” she warned.

Last year’s varsity roster was at 32 from grades 9-12, seven of whom were seniors. The team has a 4-24 win/ loss record over the past four seasons.

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