In reaction to a controversial decision in the Baseline League by the football coaches not placing a single player from league champion Upland on its all-league team, the superintendent for the Upland Unified School District, Nancy Kelly, has called for a revision of the selections.
In a statement released Monday, Kelly said, "It is clear that some of these coaches have longstanding professional differences. We cannot allow those differences to result in student athletes being victimized. We also, now, have a responsibility to right a wrong. A letter will be forwarded on Monday to the Baseline principals and athletic directors. We are not asking and we would not support a revote. We are asking that any deserving player who was excluded be added to the list.”
The league coaches voted on the all-league team, but Upland Coach Tim Salter left the meeting early after being upset that one of his players failed to be selected the offensive player of the year. Without Salter, the other coaches failed to put a single Upland player on first-team all-league. Upland finished 5-0 in the league.
Upland officials also sent a letter to Baseline principals and athletic directors requesting a meeting this week to review and revise the all-league selections.