Thursday, September 22, 2016

DEVELOPING: Eight Shawnee Mission South player leave football team

As of this article's creation, eight varsity players on the Shawnee Mission South football team have turned in their pads and will no longer play for the team. According to the Kansas City Star, the departures were sparked when Senior Kamau Kimaru tweeted his displeasure with the team following a 21-14 loss to the Suburban League's Winnetonka (1-4).

After the tweet was published, the player was allegedly removed from the team along with fellow seniors Cam Union and Cody Corbin. Those removals already dropped the team's roster number down to 42 (according to the team's website), but following these dismissals, five more players decided to hang up their Raider uniforms.

All five seniors discussed their options after hearing about their teammates' fates. Bremen Scholz, Will Choate, Quincie Fischer, Zadkiel Stuart and Christian Murrell all decided that there wasn't much point playing out their final season of eligibility due to a lack of confidence in how much the coaching staff cared about that year's team.

This situation is still developing but as of right now, a total of eight seniors have left the team with 37 members remaining on the varsity roster.

Several players still on their team voiced their support for Head Coach Brett Oberzan through Twitter as well after the initial story broke through the Kansas City Star. Multiple sophomore players posted their support and compounded the message by retweeting each other's posts.

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