Leading off today:
Highly successful Jay Sirianni has resigned
as football coach at Southwestern after going 101-26 with two NYSPHSAA championships at the Section 6 school.
The school board unanimously accepted the resignations of Sirianni and assistants Aaron Rounds and Kevin Salisbury at its March 24 school board meeting according to Western New York reporter Dave DeLuca.
Southwestern won state Class C crowns in 2008 and '09 in the midst of a 38-game winning streak. The Trojans lost in the 2011 final to Dobbs Ferry.
Sizing up St. John's: I was in the minority in thinking St. John's University was a little too eager to end the Steve Lavin era in men's basketball. But if what The Daily News reported is accurate, the school may have been at least a year too late in letting Lavin go.
The Red Storm reportedly were never serious contenders to land Abraham Lincoln star guard Isaiah Whitehead last year -- he opted for Seton Hall -- and apparently have barely lifted a finger in pursuit of junior guard Rawle Alkins of Christ the King, the consensus No. 1 recruit in NYC's Class of 2016.
"Steve Lavin has never come to a workout in our gym," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello told the paper. "His assistants have been here maybe twice.
By way of comparison, Arbitello estimates that Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been to Christ the King for workouts seven times.
With former Johnnies great Chris Mullin, himself out of the NYC pipeline (Power Memorial and Xaverian), taking the helm, perhaps the Red Storm will rejoin the fight for more of the top players from the five boroughs. Arbitello says it's not too late to land Alkins.
"Not at all — not at all," Arbitello said. "At the end of the day, if Rawle says they can recruit him, they can recruit him."
JuCo rule will change: The National Junior College Athletic Association has capitulated to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and killed a rule that limited sports eligibility mostly to students who attended at least three years of high school in the United States.
After several New York junior colleges informed him of the NJCAA policy, Schneiderman contended the rule violated laws against discrimination based on national origin. The NJCAA board voted Saturday to eliminate the rule, which required 75 percent of the players on a team to have spent three years in a U.S. high school.
Concern among some U.S. schools in 2012 that competitors were fielding older foreign athletes caused the NJCAA to put the rule into place. It will be interesting to see now if roster demographics in sports such as soccer and track change, and by how much.
False sense of security? A New York Times story from Monday has generated a lot of discussion already regarding safety in girls lacrosse. Boys lacrosse teams nationwide have worn hard-shell helmets for many years, but Florida last month became the first state to require girls field players to wear protective headgear.
Even casual observers understand that the girls version of the sport is governed by rules that greatly limit contact, seemingly making protective gear less crucial. But officials