Nashville Christian School football coach Jeff Brothers:
“I was expecting something to happen, but based on history, I’m not shocked that it was tabled again — it looks as if that happened. Honestly, I thought there would be a decision, and we were braced for it … braced for change. The best thing I saw was adding the three spots on the (TSSAA) Board of Control for independent school members. That will help the relationship between publics and privates.”
Goodpasture athletic director Clint Parnell:
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad we’re staying together right now. Both the publics and privates need it. There were some different issues brought up today, and I hope we can all work together with those. There are tough choices. There are so many different variables. Publics and privates need a better working relationship. There’s such strong feelings on both sides.
“If it’s like in the past, it will drag on, but I hope it can be resolved and we all can move on. We’ve been talking about it for (more than 20) years. There were some strong possibilities recommended today. Hopefully we can work those out and all stay together. There has to be a give-and-take.”
Ravenwood football coach Will Hester:
“My opinion would be that we probably did the right thing voting down the public-private split. My personal opinion is that back in the mid-90s before we started splitting, all the publics and privates were competitive with each other. We seemed to live amicably together at that point.”
Creek Wood athletic director Chuck Daniel:
“I’m somewhat disappointed, but what I’m more disappointed than anything about is there’s been such a buildup and so many opinions given by the experts, such as administrators and coaches. I went to the meeting and they put it up to a vote and they discussed it for about four minutes and it was over. There’s almost 30 years of concern and some animosity on both ends and 30 years of frustration comes down to a four-minute discussion and a vote.”
Ensworth athletic director/football coach/basketball coach Ricky Bowers:
“I have always hoped that we would have the conversation about how we would get everybody back together, not how we would figure out a way to separate more. There’s inequity and it’s certainly unfair for independent schools to be competing for championships with some of the public schools. It’s also unfair for some of the public schools to be competing for championships with some of the public schools. The fairness thing I think you have to work out independent of the greater good, which is all of us playing together. It’s good for kids to be playing kids in the neighborhood. The fact that kids are traveling 200 miles to play a football game or a baseball game seems silly to me.”
Brentwood Acad. athletic director/football coach Cody White:
“For us, it doesn’t really factor in. We would love to have more people join at that level so we’d have more competition but other than that, it doesn’t really impact us one way or the other.”
Clarksville Acad. football coach Todd Hood:
“For us, the vote not to completely split is a good situation with our school size to be able to remain in public. Really our kids are public school kids, they just chose to come to our school. Our numbers are always small both in the school and on the field, so we’re where we need to be as far as I’m concerned.”
Bernard Childress, TSSAA Executive Director:
“I think it was the right decision to make. The first thing we know that we have to do is the concerns that schools have can be addressed within our bylaws. We’ve got to be able to identify those issues and then see if we can address those issues within our bylaws.
“A lot of people — especially public school people — might not be happy today, but once they see what the council will see from us on how to address those seven issues, I think in the long run schools are going to be happy we addressed competitive equity and know that we’ve done what is best for the organization.”
Lipscomb Acad. athletic director Mike Roller:
“I still think there are a lot of issues to be addressed. I’m actually pleased that there wasn’t a complete split, but I think some of the things they pointed out, and the fact that they’re going to address some of those issues specifically, I think that’s wise counsel, and I look forward to seeing where those roads lead us.”
Gannett Tennessee’s Cecil Joyce, Sam Brown, John Bailey, Michael Murphy and George Robinson contributed.