REFEREES: FORMER GAMECOCK STAR HAS ANGER ISSUES, VINDICTIVE STREAK
Recently this website received an anonymous tip about Union County High School football coach Steve Taneyhill – the flamboyant former quarterback at the University of South Carolina from 1992-95.
According to our source, Taneyhill had a “history of extreme profanity” on the sidelines – and that efforts to reign in his bad behavior prior to the 2013 football season were greeted by some less-than-savory retribution tactics on the part of the coach.
We reached out to several high school referees familiar with the situation – and each of them confirmed the substance of what our source said. Specifically, we’re told that one of the referees who attempted to address Taneyhill’s sideline etiquette was “blackballed” and banned from officiating games involving Taneyhill’s Yellow Jacket squad.
These sources say additional vindictive measures were directed toward one of the referee’s family members – a player on the Union football team.
Wow … all that so a hotheaded coach could avoid a few 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties?
Taneyhill – a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania – took over at Union High School (3A – Region 3) prior to the 2012 season. His team finished last season with a disappointing 2-8 record.
At South Carolina, Taneyhill was the MVP of the Gamecocks’ 24-21 win over West Virginia in the 1994 Carquest Bowl – the first postseason victory in school history. He holds school records in completions (753), passing touchdowns (62) and ranks second all-time in passing yardage (8,782).
Taneyhill is perhaps best remembered for autographing the Tiger Paw at the center of Frank Howard Field in 1992 following the Gamecocks’ 24-13 victory over Clemson – a win which broke a four game South Carolina losing skid in the series.
The long-haired signalcaller was undefeated in two career starts at Memorial Stadium – beating the Tigers again in 1994.
Stay tuned for more as FITS continues to investigate this story …