Notice he never stands "for" anything. Always anti-whatever......a much easier route. If you stand for something, you run the risk of being shot down. If you stand for nothing, you can't fall far at all. Shows no gumption.
Before we heap blame on Coach Griff, we need to look at the facts as they are rather than the fiction that KJAS tried to put out there. There were 3 coin tosses.
The first was whether it was a 1 game or 3 game series. As we now know, Jasper, not LC-M, wanted a 1 game series. Jasper won that toss. Where is the criticism of Coach Kirkland, for denying fans of one, perhaps two, more games to see these two play. I mean many more fans would have been afforded the opportunity to see the Bears and the Bulldogs and scouts would have had another game to come see the players. There is no criticism because Coach Kirkland chose an option that is within the UIL rules which he felt benefited his team and gave him the best chance to be playing next week in the regional finals. Is it a loophole in the rules? Heck, yeah. But one that no one will blame Coach Kirkland for taking, nor should they.
Let's go to the second toss, that was for the day of the game. LC-M wanted Wednesday, Jasper wanted Thursday. Jasper won the toss. Had LC-M won this toss or had Jasper agreed to Wednesday, this series would have already been settled as no matter which of the 3 venues in question, Gibbens Field in Orange, Jasper Athletic Complex or Vincent-Beck in Beaumont would have all been used. By the same token, ALL of those fields, because of the weather, have been UNAVAILABLE for use since Thursday. Anyone think that a game would have gotten off in Beaumont the last two days? What about Jasper (and for those who claim Jasper would be ready to play, I would point you to the fact that Barbers Hill and Tomball, who were slated to play in Jasper yesterday afternoon, had to postpone their game there due to the weather)? So if LC-M's choice was to play the game on Wednesday when the weather conditions would have allowed for this game to be played, why is Coach Griffith now being blamed for the fact that this has not been played yet. Where is the criticism of Coach Kirkland for choosing the game date? He, just like the rest of us, knew what the weather held and knew that scheduling a game on Thursday would potentially jam up against the graduation schedules of both LC-M and his own school. There is none, because he deserves none. Again, he had a choice and made the choice that he believed gave the Bulldogs the best chance to get to the regional finals.
Finally, the coin toss that apparently has everyone's panties in a bunch. Coach Griffith, seeing that all of the other fators were going Jasper's way, took a gamble, He eskewed the safety of a neutral field in Beaumont, about 3 times closer to him than Jasper, to say that if he won the toss, the game would be a Gibbens Field. Coach Kirkland knew what he was doing. In fact, Coach Kirkland warned him that if Griff insisted on home vs. home, that the game would be in Jasper if Coach Kirkland won that toss. Griff was good with that and guess what! He won. So he chose his home field. Why? Because like Coach Kirkland in the first two tosses, Coach Griffith went with a choice that he felt have his guys the best chance to play. And now he is getting crucified for the only choice he had at all in this series.
I think there are some folks who have been whinin' just a little too much in this thread.