Once his suspension was made public, all Long Beach Poly boy’s basketball head coach Sharrief Metoyer could offer was a “#ontimeout for a while” via his Twitter account.
There wasn’t much else to say. He said it all following his team’s 20-point loss to Mater Dei in the Southern California Regional semifinals and per the terms of his suspension, he was banned from talking to the media until the suspension is lifted on Apr. 1, 2014.
“A while” for Metoyer could only mean the 2013-14 season, if that’s what he chooses. His seat on the Long Beach Poly bench will be there waiting for him.
“When the suspension is up if he wants to be boy’s basketball coach, he will be boy’s basketball coach, absolutely,” Long Beach Poly principal Joe Carlson said. “We appreciate Sharrief for the teacher, and the person, and the coach that he is.”
In the interim, the boy’s basketball program will be in the hands of JV coach Shelton Diggs. It was announced last week Metoyer will be suspended for the entire 2013-14 season after knowingly playing an ineligible player in the Jackrabbits 83-63 loss at Mater Dei in March.
The player, Kameron Chatman, transferred to Poly during the spring of his sophomore year but was deemed ineligible by the CIF Southern Section until the Southern California Regional final if the Jackrabbits were to advance that far. The date Chatman was to be deemed eligible, March 16, marked a year’s time of Chatman’s transfer to Long Beach Poly from Oregon.
Chatman is Metoyer’s Godson. He also plays on a travel ball team coached by Metoyer and CIF Southern Section rules prohibit players from following their travel ball coach. Chatman being Metoyer’s Godson had no bearing in the eyes of the Southern Section.
Chatman and Poly appealed the ruling of the CIF but that was denied in December. With 1:12 remaining and the game at Mater Dei out of reach, Metoyer decided to put Chatman in the game, knowingly playing an ineligible player.
To an extent, there is a sense of relief around the Long Beach Poly campus. Metoyer’s yearlong suspension could have been worse. Much worse.
Because of the nature of the penalty, the CIF Southern Section had the authority to suspend the program. However, thankfully for Poly’s sake, Metoyer’s suspension, recommended by the school, was accepted by the Southern Section and CIF State.
In October of 2007, Stockton Franklin used three ineligible players in a football game. That program was suspended for the rest of the 2007 season, 2008, and 2009.
Carlson was unaware of the Franklin situation but contends the school is “certainly” fortunate their punishment was accepted by the CIF.
“(The ruling) could have gone anywhere,” Carlson said. “Certainly we appreciate that we had the opportunity to sit down and have good conversation with the CIF representatives.”
Chatman is a four-star small forward in the class of 2014, according to Scout.com, and his offers include Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, and UCLA.
Metoyer didn’t get to coach his Godson in any meaningful minutes during his junior season and as Chatman goes through his senior year, Metoyer will be “on timeout.”