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MVP not chosen unfairly

Published 12:00pm Monday, October 29, 2012

Dear editor:

I would like to offer a clarification concerning the county volleyball tournament Most Valuable Player award.

Each year, the tournament location is rotated to a different school so that each school is given the opportunity to host the tournament. Each year, the head coach of each school participating receives an all-tournament ballot. Each head coach in the county receives one MVP vote in which they can vote for any player in the tournament whom they feel deserves MVP. It does not always go to the winning team. It goes to the player that gets the most votes.

I have been coaching volleyball in this county for nine years, and the coaches in this county selected this format. I get one vote just like every other coach in this county, and in years past, have voted for other players from other teams for all-tournament and MVP that were not from Jemison because they deserved it, not because they won the tournament. Last year I did not even vote for a Jemison player for all-tournament teams. Thorsby beat us in the first round of the tournament, and I gave all of my tournament picks to coach Ginger Williams because her girls deserved it more than my own players.

My player, Lauren Crosby, had an outstanding county tournament this year and played with a lot of heart and determination. She received more votes than any other player in the county for county MVP. She must have impressed other coaches besides me. Congratulations Lauren Crosby.

Let us not forget that the most coveted award in college football, the Heisman Trophy, was not awarded to a player from the national championship team Alabama, it was awarded to the most outstanding player in college football, from Baylor. I know it is not on the same level, but it is the same concept.

Leighsa Robinson, Jemison varsity volleyball coach

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  • jctigers

    First of all Coach, just because something has always been done this way doesn’t make it right. Second, the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the player that had the best season and is voted for and awarded at the END of Football season. That is a far cry from tournament MVP. I think Mr. Ramsey’s point is that this tournament MVP was voted on before the tournament was over. Now that may not be the case but no one has denied it. Coach, let me ask you a question. When you say you gave all your tournament picks to another coach, are you saying you let a another coach vote for you??? If so then we all know that is wrong. Just this week the World Series was played and the MVP for the World Series went to Pablo Sandoval from the World Series champs the San Francisco Giants. Now they are not saying that he is the best baseball player for the entire baseball season, but for just the World Series. They also did not vote on who was the MVP till after the last game was played. So, was this vote fair or not? I guess it’s just a matter of opinion.

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