Ludlowe football players boycott practice
FAIRFIELD - Call it a mini-mutiny.
After a seventh straight loss to open the season, several members of the Fairfield Ludlowe football team refused to take part in practice after Monday’s post-game film session, leading to a “program meeting” with the players, Falcons coach Vin Camera, his coaching staff and athletic director Todd Parness.
“There was an ‘internal issue’ on Monday that occurred after the film session,” Parness said when asked about the incident Wednesday. “No one was removed from the team, that was never an issue. Things were discussed and everyone is still working hard and committed to finishing the season.”
Last Saturday, Ludlowe was defeated by Greenwich 61-27, its seventh straight loss by 21 or more points this season and according to sources, the frustration level reached its boiling point when on Monday after reviewing the film, “a lot” of players refused to attend practice.
Parness, who refused to comment on exactly how many players refused to go to practice, said that he met with the team and the coaching staff on Tuesday to get everyone back on the same page.
“There was a lot that was blown out of proportion,” Parness said. “I met with Vin and the team and the end results is that we’re all preparing to play Central on Saturday and keep the program moving forward.”
According to the CIAC website, the Ludlowe roster has 42 players, 12 seniors, 12 juniors and 18 sophomores. Since 2005, according to the Max Preps website, the Falcons have had just two winning seasons - 5-4 in 2009 and 6-5 in 2013. In those 12 seasons, Ludlowe is just 33-87.
While Parness said that “the team is fine,” he also said that his meeting with the team “was a conversation that needed to be had … to get everyone on the same page.”
That being said, apparently, not all the Falcons were on the same page after losing seven straight games and basically being blown out in each contest.
“A lot of this is because of frustration. This was not a large scale incident,” Parness said. “I think everyone is working toward the common goal, and that’s winning and improving every day, going to practice and trying to get better.”
Camera declined to discuss Monday’s incident when asked, saying only, “We’re in a good spot, getting ready to play Central.”