If an Ohio State football player ever held up a Michigan jersey or a Red Sox player sported Yankees paraphernalia, that might cause a stir. South Central (Winterville, N.C.) football coach Andy Tew took his team’s rivalry with nearby J.H. Rose (Greenville, N.C.) High School a step further.
Tew tossed Cameron Caldron off the team when an Instagram photo emerged of the South Central junior defensive back holding up a J.H. Rose T-shirt, according to The Daily Reflector.
The photo, shared on social media by J.H. Rose junior wide receiver Caleb Edwards, featured the captions, “My boy committed today,” and, “2017 verbal commit … Cameron Caldron.”
Caldron believes Tew thought the photo was an indication he was planning to transfer schools. South Central and J.H. Rose are less than than 10 miles apart. Even if that were the case, it seems a bit extreme to throw somebody off the team just for holding up a t-shirt, no? I mean, this is high school athletics, not someone from the Donald Trump campaign stumping for Hillary Clinton.
Besides, South Central finished its season three weeks ago with a 2-9 record (including a 47-28 loss to J.H. Rose on Oct. 1). Meanwhile, J.H. Rose’s season is still alive, as the Rampants travel to Greenville’s D.H. Conley High for a third-round playoff game Friday night. Is it the worst thing for a kid to support another team in his own conference, especially when he’s got a friend on that team?