For eight months, Broughton (N.C.) High quarterback Will Cooper has been able to call himself the all-time single-game passing-yards record holder for the state of North Carolina. Now, months afterCooper's 600-yard game, it turns out he might not have thrown for 600 yards after all … and that the record which has been in his name since October may not actually be his.
"[Losing the personal record] would disappoint me a little bit, but I still feel like I had a good game," Cooper told the News & Observer. "Chris Leak was an amazing quarterback. I have no idea how I got past him."
The entire episode began when a News & Observer reporter asked Wakefield coach J.D. Dinwiddie to comment on the record, with Dinwiddie responding that his team's stats didn't find Cooper's total to be record-breaking at all.
While the News & Observer seems to have definitive proof that Cooper did not, in fact, break the state record,the North Carolina High School Athletics Association is refusing to watch video footage of the plays in question, instead insisting that Broughton's 600-yard game is an accurate state record. More incredible still, NCHSAA associate commissioner admits that he never actually watched the full game film that was submitted with the application for Broughton's mark to be an official record, instead turning it off after watching "most of the first quarter."
"I couldn't possibly go through the tape," he said.
As one might imagine, the lack of official accountability regarding an all-time state mark has left many fans in North Carolina -- and officials in other states -- both bewildered and perturbed.
"If you don't have integrity with records, don't have records," Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Julian Tackett told the News & Observer.