By Matt Popchock


The issue of whether private schools in the WPIAL accumulate talent fairly has been a divisive one for years, not to mention the sidebar issue of whether Catholic schools in the west should have their own district, as do Catholic schools in the greater Philadelphia area.

However, Aliquippa head football coach Mike Zmijanac, whose top-seeded Quips will face No. 5 seed Greensburg Central Catholic in a WPIAL Class AA Semifinal game Friday, recently took a not-so-veiled shot at his opponent, accusing Catholic schools of ‘recruiting’ players for an unfair competitive advantage.

Zmijanac, whose team is facing Greensburg C.C. for the first time since the 2009 WPIAL Championship–a game won by the Centurions–made those comments to Post-Gazette scholastic sports editor Mike White.

Mike joined “Vinnie & Cook” on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan Thursday afternoon to give his own impassioned take on whether public school teams that have to play against private school teams are getting a raw deal:

Click here to read Mike’s recent interview with Zmijanac.

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