Football: Impact transfers make the difference
With all the dust settled on the transfers this summer, you can say the big winner was Carson.
On the day attorneys for Santa Ana Mater Dei and the Southern Section were meeting behind closed doors to try to mediate a lawsuit about transfers, Carson was using two big-time transfers to defeat the Monarchs, 26-22.
Kevin McMahon, a senior transfer from South Torrance, passed for 260 yards. Roger Jones, a senior transfer from Compton, ran for 122 yards. How would Carson have done without those two players?
And I don't think the players showed up at Carson for academic reasons.
So this is why Mater Dei's lawsuit matters. The school is trying to get the CIF to clarify its rule that makes athletes who transfer for sports reasons ineligible. The inconsistent way the rule is enforced leaves everyone wondering what's going on.
I don't think there will be too many people feeling sorry for Mater Dei because two transfers beat the Monarchs, but the fact is that transfers are helping and hurting all kinds of schools. Wait until Carson starts playing in the Marine League and coaches see the impact in the battle for a City Section title.
This is what's happening in 2011. The attorneys need to come up with a good solution.
-- Eric Sondheimer