By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Local12 TV
, Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio had to forfeit the first four games of the season after using an ineligible player. The team went 3-1 to begin the season.
Princeton City School Superintendent Tom Burton released a statement on the matter.
“On the evening of September 16, the District was notified of a potential eligibility issue for one of our varsity football players,” the statement said. “On Monday morning, the District and athletic department officials met to review the situation and immediately called the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) to notify them of our pending investigation.
“The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) statue of eligibility for players requires students to have a minimum of five (5) one-credit courses or the equivalent, each of which counts towards graduation. On Tuesday, we confirmed the transcripts of the student [that makes] him academically ineligible to play. The district has a procedure in place to check eligibility; however, in this one case, the process was not followed to completion. We have ensured compliance with OHSAA and in accordance, have forfeited each win, changing our varsity football record from 3-1 to 0-4.
“Throughout the process, the District officials met personally with the football players and coaches, as well as communicated with parents of players via our all call system. We have added additional steps and people to the process checking eligibility to ensure this situation will never happen again. We are distraught that our hard-working students must face consequences due to a mistake they did not make. We regret how this error will impact our football players, their families, fans, and the entire educational community.”
The team had to forfeit wins over Milford, Withrow, and Lakota East. Prior to the ruling, the team was considered to make the playoffs.
Princeton will not attempt to pick up its first win of the season against Middletown on Friday at 7 pm.
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