During the many seasons of coaching football at Gilman, Biff Poggi said no team complained to the MIAA about the threat of injury because of a physical imbalance.
Regarding the recent article, “Safety, race fuel debate as teams drop St. Frances” (June 10), I don’t recall any of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams dropping games against the Gilman School when current St. Frances Academy football coach Biff Poggi was head football coach for the Greyhounds.
While at Gilman, Coach Poggi consistently produced top ten high school football teams in Maryland. Many of those athletes went on to play NCAA Division I football. At least two have played in the NFL. Whether Mr. Poggi had a hand in financially sponsoring some of these NFL-caliber scholar athletes at Gilman — as he apparently does at St. Frances — is unknown. Yet the quality of the play at Gilman during the Poggi years can be compared to the quality of play at St. Frances under Coach Poggi now.
The real reason why MIAA schools are dropping St Frances Academy from their schedules may never be known, though safety of the opponents’ players is stated as the concern. Yet the question must be asked, if safety is the concern today, why was it not the concern under Poggi-coached teams at Gilman?