Attn: Loyola Coaches, Administration, and Dr. Meza
I've followed cheating threads on this forum for years. For what it's worth, here's my advice.
Last week, a Google search for Frank Meza marathon returned 46,000 hits. Today, the same search returned. 151,000 hits. This is not even close to being over. Epic threads of marathon cheating have gone on for years on LetsRun and created a viral following. For example, search for Mike Rossi marathon returned 2.1 million hits today.
Loyola needs to distance itself and its program from Frank Meza immediately. Scrubbing him from the website is not enough. It makes it look like you're part of a coverup. To be clear, I'm not implying that it is a coverup. I'm making you aware of how it might be perceived by runners and the parents of your students.
You need to issue a press release ASAP. You know the PR drill. "Dr. Meza is a great guy... done a lot for kids... a lot for school... it's come to our attention that... we don't condone or tolerate... suspended pending further investigation. "
As a case in point, last week, if I recall correctly, my search for Loyola Frank Meza marathon returned 3,300 hits. Today, it returned 15,900 hits. I would not be surprised to see this total jump significantly in the future, as the focus on this forum has shifted in the past 48 hours from speculation about biking the course to the more likely possibility of being driven by an accomplice.
Others affiliated with Loyola High School have clearly been at least complicit in the attempted cover-up of Meza's cheating. Other coaches and alums were quoted in various articles defending Meza and attempting to shut down the investigation. The school website was scrubbed of mention of Meza without a public explanation. Perhaps most egregious of all, Meza was permitted to speak to kids in an attempt to absolve himself! Abetting the manipulation of kids so a proven cheater can try to salvage his reputation?? Wow.
I think there is a high likelihood that others at Loyola knew of Meza's cheating, and sadly, that some even provided direct assistance. I'm not sure this type of behavior is what the Jesuits have in mind when they encourage their graduates to be "men for others."