The time has come.
Actually, it is past time.
Wayne High School’s football field should have been named for the late Scott Jarrell after the beloved Pioneers’ head football coach was murdered in his home.
That tragedy occurred on Dec. 31, 2010.
The fact that the field still hasn’t been renamed “Scott Jarrell Field at Pioneer Stadium” during the last eight and a half years is another tragedy unto itself.
The obvious question is “why?”
Well, it’s certainly not for a lack of trying.
More than 2,800 people have signed a petition started by 1988 Wayne High School graduate Chris Dickerson to have the field named after the late Jarrell.
That’s a very significant number considering it’s twice the population of the town of Wayne (1,413).
It’s a very poignant indication of how much people want this to happen.
And why shouldn’t they?
Jarrell was a beloved figure at Wayne High School, coaching the football team for 18 years while also serving as a school guidance counselor.
Why, he virtually built the football field.
He sowed the grass. He tilled the soil. He made sure it drained properly. He took enormous pride in that field.
Jarrell loved that field.
Now, it’s time for the field to love him in return by bearing his name.
What more did he need to do?
Besides building and maintaining the field, Jarrell was successful at Wayne accumulating a 101-74-5 record in 18 years. His Pioneers were undefeated in 1968, led by star running back Dave Morris, and 8-1-1 in 1969.
Speaking of Morris, that’s another feather in Jarrell’s cap. Morris was the last player from the Huntington area to win the Kennedy Award.
That was 50 years ago.
And Jarrell coached him.
It is vitally important for people to remember and cherish their roots and all the groundwork it took to make those memories possible.
That’s what Jarrell provided for so many generations of Wayne students, athletes and fans. Talk to some of his former players. They characterize his impact on the football players, in particular, and students, in general, as immeasurable.
There’s a term for that.
It’s called “rapport.”
Jarrell possessed such an abundance of that quality, businesses have offered to provide support for making the name change at Pioneer Stadium, including Wayne alumni providing new signage.
So, why hasn’t the renaming happened?
That’s a very good question.
Some people think there is opposition to the idea of naming facilities after people. Which is silly, of course, considering Wayne’s baseball field is named after George Brumfield.
Besides that, there also is Ward-Craycraft Stadium at Ceredo-Kenova and Don. R. Smith Gymatorium and Garry Norris Court at Vinson Middle School.
So, that’s a moot point.
Which raises the question: Why is this process taking so tediously long?
How about it, Todd Alexander?
“We’re going to be looking at several options as we discuss this and get recommendations,” the Wayne County Schools superintendent told H-D Media at a recent meeting.
“And we’ll reach out to the family when we receive those and work together on that. Once everything is together we’ll present those recommendations to the board during one of our July meetings.”
Oh, good, more waiting.
Why is it so seemingly arduous simply to do the right thing?
And, yes, that’s the gist of this entire story line.
Just do the right thing, Wayne County.