The AHSAA Central Board of Control's decision to suspend Hoover baseball coach Adam Moseley has received significant backlash from prominent voices in the sports world.
"Of course…the AHSAA has zero common sense," Jay Bilas of ESPN tweeted. "Serve your country in international competition, serve a suspension. Unconscionable."
Of course…the AHSAA has zero common sense. Serve your country in international competition, serve a suspension. Unconscionable. https://t.co/6RTuFcDVse— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 18, 2023
Moseley served as the pitching coach on the USA Baseball Under 18 National Team that won the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, held in September in Sarasota, Florida. Because the tournament was held during the school year, Moseley was found in violation of the AHSAA rule that bans coaching a student in sports competitions outside of the season during the school year.
On Wednesday, his request to appeal the suspension was denied.
"I hate this decision," sports host of "The Next Round Live" Jim Dunaway said. "Team USA isn't travel ball or AAU ball. The AHSAA is wrong here [in my opinion].
I hate this decision.— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) January 18, 2023
Team USA isn’t travel ball or AAU ball.
The AHSAA is wrong here IMO. https://t.co/S2yP95ekNp
Josh Pate of CBS Sports voiced his frustration with the decision with one simple question: "Does the AHSAA ever get anything right?"
Does the AHSAA ever get anything right? https://t.co/xZathF0GJn— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) January 19, 2023
This isn't the first time the AHSAA has received backlash for a controversial decision. Early last year, the Oakwood Adventist Academy boys' basketball team petitioned the AHSAA to move a playoff game to a day that didn't fall on their religious Sabbath.
After the team was forced to forfeit, the team filed a lawsuit, and the organization ultimately adjusted its rules to accommodate religious practices. This case attracted nationwide attention and earned the team a visit with Gov. Kay Ivey at the state capitol.
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