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TELL US: Bring Back Raff?

It's your turn to weigh in on the situation.

It's been an eventful week in high school football. Last Friday, North Andover Varsity Football Coach John Rafferty was reportedly fired by Principal Carla Scuzzarella and Athletics Director Jon Longley.

School officials have still not spoken publicly about the firing, but Rafferty has reportedly told media outlets that he was fired because he disciplined two players this past fall without following proper protocol.

The firing has ignited a with a groundswell of support for Rafferty growing every day. Even the "Unofficial Mayor" Terry Holland has spoken out in support for Rafferty.

So what do you think? Should school officials offer Rafferty his job back? If they do that, should Rafferty accept? Or should the school and community move on and let things be?

Discuss in the comments below.

NAfootball-alum February 01, 2013 at 07:30 PM
FYI--The last game before Rafferty and his staff got here was called by the Refs in the 4th quarter. Thanksgiving 2000. A brawl erupted between the two teams before the game was over. Discipline, respect, and character are acquired traits. Rafferty and co. instilled these traits in their players. We would be very lucky at this point if Rafferty would accept us back.
MikeA February 01, 2013 at 07:34 PM
For those of you supporting the coach: Some of you have made some statements that may be true but they aren't in the "public domain" so they can't be independently verified. Within your circle of local football folks, some of these statements might be public knowledge but they aren't otherwise widely known. 1) Other coaches have been fired. You could provide links to such firings. (Some aspiring journalists can try to verify the relationship between the AD and the former coaches - either positive or negative - on or off the record and publish it). 2) The coach was fired so that AD can hire a particular person. 3) AD is telling other coaches and players they can't speak out or sign the petition (maybe some aspiring journalists can take "off the record" statements or polling of coaches and players). As someone not involved in this - solid information is lacking.
MikeA February 01, 2013 at 08:38 PM
1) I haven't questioned anyone's motivation. 2) I would like to know the facts but the principles in this case aren't talking. I've been very clear in the fact that I don't know what's going on. 3) I gave you and idea on how to help your cause (which was get these facts verified by neutral third parties like the newspapers). Criticizing me and figure skating isn't helping.
NAtownie February 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Demand the answers we all want tonight at the School Committee meeting 6pm NAHS Library
mo February 05, 2013 at 12:55 AM
How many of you people have actually met coach rafferty, He is NOT a nice guy, not th type to ask you how you're doing if you saw him at Richdale. Also...the dude has never won a playoff game, has beat andover once, and masco a couple times. You think Masco has more talent than North Andover? No they have 10X better coaches thats why we lose to them every year.

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