Leading off today:
Joe Sindoni, 37, has inherited what figures to be one of the most scrutinized football programs in all of New York high school football this season.
Sindoni, an assistant coach for 16 seasons, has been hired to replace Tim Green at Skaneateles, The Post-Standard reported. Sindoni, a former CBA assistant, was the Lakers' offensive coordinator last fall.
Skaneateles was flying high at 9-0 last fall when Section 3 punted the Lakers from the playoffs one win short of the NYSPHSAA tournament after the law firm hired by the school district concluded its coaches violated recruiting rules. Green resigned during the ensuing court battle in a futile bid to salvage the season.
Sindoni, who was not implicated in the report and works in a wealth management company in Syracuse, had been interim coach since Green’s resignation.
"The way we ran the day-to-day operation the last few years was excellent," Sindoni told the paper. "We were involved in the community. We supported other student athletes. We were on the kids about academics. Those are the types of things I want to keep going forward. People are going to say what they’re going to say. My goal is to be a good, solid football program that does things the right way.”
PSAL makes change: The PSAL has revamped scheduling in football this fall, which should make the regular season more intriguing for Championship division teams. The 24 schools competing in the league's highest class will be power-ranked into six-team divisions and will fill out their schedules against borough rivals.
As a result, Fort Hamilton, Tottenville, Curtis, Erasmus Hall, Clinton and Abraham Lincoln will meet in round-robin play during the season, The New York Post reported.
“It should answer all the critics,” said Lincoln coach Shawn O’Connor, whose team had to beat just three foes with a winning record en route to a perfect 2011 season. “Now everybody understands why you’re playing the schedule you are.”
The less-powerful Bowl and the Cup programs will also be broken into groups to beef up the schedule in a similar fashion. Teams will also receive additional points for defeating teams in the top groups, the paper reported.
Safety study: Brown University experts will study whether helmets can protect girls lacrosse players from concussions caused by stick-to-head contact, Newsday reported.
It could be a step toward mandatory hard-shell helmets in place of optional soft head gear in the girls sport. Some players and coaches fear that mandatory hard helmets like the boys use would make the sport more physical or contribute to more reckless play.
"Right now, there is no standard for head protection in the women's game," said Ann Kitt Carpenetti, the managing director of game administration for US Lacrosse. "There is an allowance in our rules for soft headgear, but no testing has been done and little or no research."
Long Island, which has 104 high school teams, was the focus of the debate last spring when Shoreham-Wading River star Alexandra Fehmel began playing with a soft helmet designed by a family friend after she had suffered two concussions playing lacrosse.
"It protects me from stick-to-head injuries and any