Jalan McClendon, a highly-recruited high school QB, was ejected from a playoff game for scoring a touchdown and then celebrating, Cam Newton-style. The Charlotte Observer has details:
NCHSAA supervisor of officials Mark Dreibelbis told the Observer Monday that officials did not eject McClendon for taunting, which would have triggered a two-game suspension. Dreibelbis said McClendon was disqualified for an unsportsmanlike act, which just meant he had to sit out the remainder of the game.
McClendon, a 6-foot-4 junior, has “scholarship offers from North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest” and South Carolina and Tennessee are interested as well. It seems just slightly silly to eject a kid for that celebration. Yes, simply handing the ball to an official is the best way to go. But what’s wrong with showing emotion? A 17-year-old, in the midst of a big playoff upset (at least the paper called it an upset) can’t celebrate?