Sports: Referees, Players, Coaches and Parents You All Have A Role To Play

I hate attending ball games and the referees do not call what I call fair calls. Referees must be consistent. Having 2 – 3 referees calling games, it would appear that one of them would see they are not being consistent and they would talk it over. When you are not consistent it controls the behavior of the children playing and they get attitudes. However that does not make it right but it can be frustrating because they want to win and when it appears that the referees are working against you, it makes it tough.

The players no matter what must stay focused and must not allow their behavior to be highlighted on the playing field. You must play the game and win or lose don’t be remember for you bad attitude after a game. Players you need to use the backboard and not worry about hitting nothing but net. You must pass the ball to your teammate when they are open and you have double teamed or triple teamed. You need to understand that you can’t dribble around 2 – 3 players. You need to pass the ball to the teammate who has the better shot and especially if he or she is open. You must play smart and the coach don’t have to tell you everything because some things are just plain common sense.

On last night during the SouthWest vs Tarboro JV game SouthWest boys should have won the game because they had around a 15 point lead and if they had played smart they could have won the game with no problem. However every game they have not played smart even the one they won. You can not be selfish and you must pass the ball when you are being doubled teamed or triple teamed. When you do not pass the ball then it is nobody fault but your own, does not matter how many bad calls the referee are calling. I was pissed with SouthWest players attitude that was shown towards the end of the game and even at the end of the game. I video their games on my own and has not been asked to do so. I have been doing it over the years and has given the coaches a copy so they can see what they can do better when preparing for the next game. After last night I am going to think about if I will continue to video their games because I want to win the game however I am not going to wear out my video camera nor buy DVDs to put their games on and I got to watch them play with selfishness and attitudes. Play the game, do your very best win or lose and have fun.

The coaches must be in control of their players. If the players don’t show their best behavior then they must be benched. It is not all about winning but it is all about teaching the players about fundamentals of the game and positive attitudes on the playing field.

I also don’t understand how the coaches, assistant coaches, the players and statisticians don’t keep up with how many fouls a players have so they will not foul out. Who watches the scoreboard to make sure the score is right? Everybody have a role to play so everyone need to be focused on the whole game and not just certain aspects. When the players continue to make the same errors like committing the same mistakes, who are talking to them. All of these things matters. Turnovers gave the game to Tarboro JV’s last night and not the referees.

The parents who attend the games need to be in control of their children as well. You must hold them to a standard and challenge the coach to hold them to a standard. You must recognize that sports comes for a season but the behavior the players partake in on the playing field will follow them when the season is over.

Referees, players, coaches and parents you all have a role to play and I will be watching and reporting what I see behind the camera as I video future games.

Note: I see the bad attitudes in players in other schools as well but I am an alumnus of SouthWest and I video all of their games so they are my main concern, however I may speak to other schools as well.

I don’t have a child on a team but I have family on all of the teams. However I support all of the children and not just SouthWest but all schools because I support children.

Rocky Mount NC – Former Philadelphia Eagle Heads Football Team at West Edgecombe Middle


Kristian A. Herring

Public Information Officer


(252) 641-2678






For Immediate Release

Friday, September 27, 2013


Former Philadelphia Eagle Heads Football Team at West Edgecombe Middle


Tarboro, N. C. One would think that after a career in the National Football League (NFL), an individual who chooses to become a teacher would be immediately interested in coaching football.  That was not the case for Izel Jenkins, a teacher at West Edgecombe Middle School.


“I played football professionally for seven years and then I coached for a little bit,” said Jenkins.  “I got away from coaching and focused on my teaching career.  I helped with area football teams by giving suggestions, but that’s all I was interested in doing.”


When the head football coach position became available at West Edgecombe Middle, Jenkins was not initially interested.  “I was asked to consider being the head coach,” Jenkins stated. “I gave it some thought and pondered over the fact that I could run my own program and implement things I think will benefit the kids here at West.”


Jenkins explained that the football game has changed and evolved.  “There is a different defense used in national football today.  People think it’s too complicated and it can’t be done saying ‘It’s too hard. The kids won’t be able to do it.’ But my philosophy is:  if you don’t teach it to them, they can’t learn it.”


This is the reasoning behind Jenkins decision to pursue coaching again. 


Jenkins says he enjoys his teaching career and the opportunity to impact the lives of children.  “I enjoyed playing in the NFL.  However, the nine years I have spent with Edgecombe County Public Schools as an educator brings a different kind of enjoyment.”


Going to the NFL was not in Jenkins’s original goals.  “I went to North Carolina State University where I was actually planning to be the Second Lieutenant in ROTC.  I was also on a track scholarship and I walked onto the football team. I was told that one day I was going to have to make a big decision between track, ROTC, and Football,” explained Jenkins. 


“I was at the park playing basketball when the NFL draft was going on.  My girlfriend, who is now my wife, called me and said ‘You just got drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.’  I didn’t believe it, thinking to myself: How could I get drafted? I only played football for two years,” said Jenkins.  He laughed and added “But when I got that call that said ‘Congratulations Izel.  We have your plane ticket at RDU.  You need to be on the plane to Philly tomorrow.’  I was on the plane the next day.”


Jenkins does not talk to his students much about his days in the NFL; however, he makes connections with students by discussing his middle school times.  “Middle school is crucial,” explained Jenkins.  “It’s the gateway to success and I want to make the impact on my students that my teachers made on me.  I have to give my students a personal experience because a lot of them remind me of myself.”


Davaraeway Pride, a seventh grade student at West Edgecombe Middle School, is also on the football team that Jenkins coaches.  “He’s an all-around good man and he’s one of the best teachers I know.  He’s teaching me about respect and always helps me in class and on the field,” says Pride.


Seventh grade student and football team member Clifton Richardson described Jenkins as a “life changer.”  Richardson expressed that his coach “gets you to change your life around by staying on you to see you succeed.  Football is a competitive game and with Coach Jenkins’s help, I’m getting prepared for real life and staying out of trouble.”


Because he was a troubled teen, Jenkins says this fuels his passion for middle school education.  “I failed the eighth grade but my teacher changed my life.  This teacher introduced me to the Boys and Girls Club which, in turn, introduced me to sports,” Jenkins says.  “I was even cut from the middle school football team.  This is why I love what I do.”



2011 NCHSAA Football Brackets (Official) – ALL CLASSES

Good luck to SouthWest, Tarboro and North Edgecombe on the 1st round of the upcoming playoffs.

2011 NCHSAA Football Brackets (Official) – ALL CLASSES