Edmond leaves Patterson for St. Joe

September 04, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Buddy Edmond, a Division I college football prospect, has transferred from Patterson High to Mount St. Joseph after learning Monday night that he would be ineligible for his senior season at Patterson.

Edmond, a quarterback, played one year of junior varsity and another three seasons of varsity football at Patterson, passing .. for 2,827 yards and 29 touchdowns. He said last night that a shooting incident in late March of his sophomore season necessitated a repeat of that academic school year. Edmond was wounded by an assailant outside a friend's home.

Edmond and his coach at Patterson, Roger Wrenn, believed Edmond would be eligible this season and he would have been under Maryland Scholastic Association rules, which permit an athlete to play four varsity seasons. However, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules limit athletes to four years of athletics. City athletes came under the rules of the state association when Baltimore City public schools joined the MPSSAA last June.

"Students who participate in grade nine will have a maximum eligibility of four years," said Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the MPSSAA, reading from the state's book of guidelines last night.

"The difference between the MSA and [the MPSSAA] is that there's nothing in the state rules that distinguishes between a varsity and a junior varsity season."

Wrenn said he was talking with an opposing coach last week when he discovered there might be a "problem with Buddy's eligibility."

He then confirmed his fears after calling Sparks and Ron Belinko, Baltimore County's physical education coordinator.

Wrenn said he appealed to city public schools superintendent Walter Amprey to grant an exclusion for Edmond, since the MSA football teams are not participating in the MPSSAA playoffs until next season. However, after meeting with Amprey, Patterson High principal Dr. Frank Thomas informed Wrenn that the appeal was denied because it would set a bad precedent.

Before admitting Edmond, who was turned down by Calvert Hall, on Wednesday, Mount St. Joseph athletic director Eugene Nieberlein said an administrative staff of the two vice principals, the guidance director and the admissions officer discussed the situation at length "before I got involved."

"Normally, this school doesn't admit students for the senior year, but this was a special situation, not because of his athletic ability," said Nieberlein. "We had to consider his background, whether he could handle the curriculum and what his needs were."

Edmond, who would not have been eligible had he attended a public school, said he will have to pay the full tuition of $4,300, $261.00 for books and will be tutored in most of his courses.

"I'm glad [Mount St. Joseph] football coach Tim Perry and everyone at the school went out of their way to help me," said Edmond, 18, who will not play in the Gaels' opener against Good Counsel tonight but expects to play next week against Pallotti. "I met with the football team and shook the hands of every player and Coach Perry told them I'd have to earn my way on the team. I don't care if I play quarterback or not. I play linebacker and I can punt."

Edmond, 6 feet 2, 226 pounds, was a first-team All-Metro selection as a punter last season by The Baltimore Sun and is listed in Street & Smith's high school football preview as one of the nation's top quarterback prospects.

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