So why did so much money get diverted to Serra? Frankly I'm not sure why. There are a number of theories as to why Serra got the subsidies and why they continue to do so with the prevailing one being some sort of familial leverage someone in Serra's administration used with the Diocese. And without a doubt the money from the Diocese was a factor. I suppose for Serra's athletic department the pitch was thus: if your parents can afford $500/month in tuition (rather than the full price of $15,000 you too can play football here. You can't fault someone in the Serra administration for wanting to save their school (and their job). Good for them I suppose.
Schools like Bosco and MD didn't need to prop up their enrollment but they saw what was happening at Serra and how their business model was using cash to lure athletes away from then solid public programs like Dominguez and Carson. Serra once on the verge of closing their doors was suddenly the trendy place for kids between the 105, 110 and 405 to go. The Cavs went from obscurity to sending dozens of athletes to D-1 colleges within a few years. Difference making Kids were going there to play sports because their parents were getting paid to send them there. Most larger privates caught on to the simple formula: Instead of money being pumped into the salary pool for what are otherwise low-paid non-union teachers or facilities as has been the case for decades at Catholic schools larger sums were now prioritized for athletic scholarships. Winning football and basketball games pays dividends.
For Mater Dei the depth of demand and socio-economics of prospective students is different from Serra but consider how a little goes a long way: With 2,100 students a $5 annual tuition increase doesn't seem like much but it generates $10,000 in revenue could cover about 67% of another kids tuition. Yes, that's just one kid. But the bigger pot to tap into was the alumni and this is how MD hit the jackpot. If 5,000 of their 25,000 living alumni buy tickets each week that's nice but if each donated $100 per year tot heir tuition fund that's $500k in revenue - enough to cover 50% of the tuition for over 60 kids. A little bit goes a long way.
Your racism belongs deep down in your private thoughts. Please try asking God for peace of mind by requesting Him to remove your personal fears and then try to stop blaming another races for your inadequacy’s.
BuckW wrote:OCurbanlegend you must be new to OC football. Mission Viejo was the first to master the transfer game and taking in players from outside their attendance boundaries. It all started about 20 years ago when Bob Johnson took over the program. His first big transfer was Billy Hart out of Foothill followed by Jordan Palmer, Jed Collins and Mark Sanchez out of Santa Margarita. Two of Bob's biggest takes were the Moline Brothers from Dana Hills and the Reuland Brothers out of San Juan Capistrano. Over the last two decades I can't think of a single starting QB at Mission Viejo that wasn't a transfer or a player from outside their attendance boundaries. Even the grandson didn't reside in the boundaries. This model of using transfers to build their program continues with Chad Johnson. Three of the last four starting QBs at MV have been transfers from Trinity League schools.
Before Mission it was Edison and LBP, transfers existed long ago, just not to the 28 kids in one year.
MD lost their fair share in the early years.
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SC was a great team.
(Disclaimer: I played at Los Altos and Amat killed us every d*mn time. )
All I am saying is, Norwood, a two star recruit because of his size only, did what QBs that passed the eye test didn’t do in the previous 6 years: Compete and win with 2-3 star (and no 4-5 star recruits). He made players better around him. We almost finished second that year (lost to Bosco and its 4-5 star studs by only 2 points).
To put in perspective how special the 2017 team could have been with some ballers/defense:
The 2011 Team total offense through 15 games was:
GP Rush Pass Rec Total Y/G
15 3608 2493 2464 6101 406.7
The 2017 Team total offense through just 11 games was:
GP Rush Pass Rec Total Y/G
11 3042 2306 2306 5348 486.2
Coach Fish changed a prostyle offense to fit Norwood’s dual threat playmaking style and SM almost made history.
Everyone expected them to be in last place that year. People underestimated Norwood and the entire team. But film and numbers don’t lie.
Special Coach. Special QB. Special team. Just special man. But the 2011 team won it all that’s what matters. The 2017 team just could have been the next special team.
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Indeed. After breezing through the cupcake portion of their schedule, they surrendered nearly 42 ppg over their last 7 games
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