Yesterday, the NJSIAA granted an appeal made by Montclair to strip the North Bergen Bruins of the State Championship Title. Vincent Ascolese, the football coach at NBHS for 39 years, (and his family), were found guilty of recruiting two key players.
The Mounties coach, John Fiore, spoke with Barista Kids today about why Montclair appealed NJSIAA’s original decision to place the athletic department on two years probation, but allow North Bergen to keep the title…
“The only reason we appealed is because we didn’t think that North Bergen received a fair punishment. And we didn’t think it sent a good message. We wanted to make sure that the message out there stated clearly that recruiting is wrong.,” Fiore said.
When we asked why Montclair didn’t try to get the title for themselves, Fiore said, “We didn’t want the title that way. It has to be won on the field.”
The Mounties will play against the North Bergen Bruins in the season opener on September 8 at 1 pm at Woodman Field.