Lower Cape May Head Coach Bill Miller: ‘I Did What I Felt Was Right for My Kids’
UPDATE: Holy Spirit head coach John Ianucci, LCM VP Board of Education member Gary Playford and Cape May County Sports reporter Brian Cuniff all shared their thoughts and opinions on Countdown to Kickoff Friday evening.
The football field at Holy Spirit High School will remain unexpectedly empty tonight after a controversial forfeiture of its opponent Lower Cape May.
On Tuesday, Lower Cape May officials informed Holy Spirit and the Cape Atlantic League that it will forfeit the contest due to "safety issues."
It was later decided that LCM would not only forfeit Friday night's game, but the rest of the season as well.
The CAL voted 14-3 in favor of a LCM forfeiture with five abstentions.
In a text message, LCM told 97.3 ESPN FM that his actions were in the best interest of his players.
"I did what I thought was best for my kids and the league did what it felt was best for them."
He declined a request for an on air interview.
Miller also said he plans to spend Friday night with his team, although it will not be on Holy Spirit's football field.
On Thursday night Lower Cape May players took to social media to let their voices be heard.
LCM average margin of defeat is 42.6 points and they are comprised of mostly freshman and sophomores – 21 of their 26 players are ninth or tenth graders.
Lower Cape May is 0-5 on the season and has struggled to field a team in recent years. In 2009, LCM forfeited a contest against St. Augustine Prep due to lack of players.
Holy Spirit head coach John Ianucci is scheduled to appear on Countdown to Kickoff with Tyler Donohue tonight at 6-7 p.m.