Skaneateles Head Football Coach Tim Green has resigned his position. He confirmed to CNY Central Tuesday night he has submitted a letter of resignation to the school district administration. The decision comes in the hours following a court decision that removed Green's undefeated Skaneateles High School team from the Section III championship game at the Carrier Dome this Saturday.
Meanwhile, the school board is now considering whether it should appeal Tuesday's court decision. The superintendent tells us he thinks the Section III sanctions were too harsh. "We feel our student athletes were punished. It was too severe and it wasn't appropriate for what the findings were in the report we submitted," said Philip D'Angelo.
D'Angelo says that district report found one football coach had two recruiting violations 12 to 16 months ago. It also found every player on this years team was eligible to play. Still, school officials say they felt it was the right thing to do to submit the findings to Section III.
Judge Brian Dejoseph ruled in favor of Section III Tuesday afternoon in a Syracuse courtroom. The team defeated Notre Dame of Utica this past Saturday for the right to play Herkimer for the Section III Class C Championship in the Carrier Dome this weekend. Notre Dame has now been notified it will play the game against Herkimer.
This is the content of the two paragraph letter Green presented to the school district:
"I hereby resign my position as Head Coach of Skaneateles High School football team. I offer this resignation knowing that the School Board will vigorously pursue an appeal of the decision rendered by the Court and because my primary concern has and always will be the best interests of my players and fellow coaches."
"It is my hope that Section III will regard my resignation as a resolution of this entire matter and will allow the forty players who, indisputably, had no role in this matter whatsoever, and who have unquestionably earned their right to be on the playing field this Saturday to participate in this weekend's game."
The resignation comes just days after Green gave an empassioned speech for the American justice system and his players just moments after the team's victory over Utica Notre Dame.
The school board meets Wednesday evening, and has until Thursday morning to decide whether to file appeal papers with a Rochester Court of Appeals. The school board is weighing the fact that the legal process is both costly and time consuming.
D'Angelo says if they appeal, he feels there is a good chance the Lakers will be playing in the Dome this weekend for the championship.