It was evident in June that the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program was in trouble. With new Coach Lance Fauria on the job for just one month and the team suffering from a low turnout, Bell-Jeff didn't participate in spring practices.
At the time, Fauria, also the school's athletic director, was already concerned about the Guards' low numbers and prospects for the 2013 season. It was then that the Bell-Jeff administration and its coach should have resigned themselves to the fact that being able to safely field a competitive team was not going to be possible this season. It is at that point that they should have shut down the season and canceled all of Bell-Jeff's games.
But that was not what happened. Instead, Bell-Jeff Principal Michael Stumph and Fauria moved forward on a season that ended up in shambles last week when the school canceled the team's final three games. In the process, the safety of young players was put at risk, the Guards were saddled with three lopsided losses on the field and the program is now worse off because of the decisions of Stumph and Fauria.