Southard expresses gratitude to Grooms, Campbell
After St. John’s Christian Academy football coach Bill McCall was appointed to the South Carolina High School League appellate review panel, Rep. Eddy Southard said the appointment wouldn’t have happened without the help of state senators Larry Grooms and Paul Campbell.
“I want to express my gratitude to Senators Larry Grooms and Paul Campbell,” Southard said. “They were very instrumental in securing Bill’s seat on the panel. We needed some local representation on this board and Senators Grooms and Campbell played a significant role in making sure that happened.”
Southard, who proposed McCall for the job, said there was a tight battle on the floor of the legislature.
“It was very close,” he said. “There were some very qualified candidates nominated for this panel along with Bill McCall. This gives Moncks Corner and Berkeley County a seat at this table and I was very glad for the help Larry Grooms and Paul Campbell provided.”
Southard said McCall was a natural choice for the opening.
“I made the nomination,” Southard said. “I’ve known Bill McCall for many, many years and I felt very confident with his ability, but there were some other very qualified nominations made for the position that had the support of some elected officials.”
Southard said the 11-person panel hears disputes much like the controversy last year, when Goose Creek’s football team was ousted from the state playoffs for using an ineligible player.
In fact, according to Southard, the appellate panel was created as a direct response to the Gators’ incident.
“This appellate board is the result of a compromise between the state legislature and the South Carolina High School League after the situation with Goose Creek High School,” he said. “Situations like Goose Creek’s would go to the High School League first and then if both parties aren’t happy with the decision it then goes to this new appellate board.”
Southard said the vote was tight and with the help of Grooms and Campbell a representative from the lower part of South Carolina was appointed to the panel. McCall represents the First Congressional District, which covers Beaufort, Berkeley and Georgetown counties.