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I wish the SCHSL was at least a little consistent with their penalties. So far this year Lower Richland has been booted from the playoffs, yet Byrnes was not kicked out, even though they also had an ineligible player. I understand that Byrnes only dressed the ineligible kid rather than played him, but the rule is the same either way. Would it have been fair to disqualify Byrnes? No, but it would have been consistent. Now Goose Creek is up the creek for a similar offense and they have disqualified like the others. The difference comes when the executive committee meets and uses their own personal biases to make determinations.
I've been on the wrong end of rule violations twice as an assistant coach on a staff. Once in baseball, we had an illegal practice - too soon with more than 3 players. Each coach had to pay a fine and we had to wait an extra week to begin practice. It sucked that I had to pay a fine because my head coach make a bad decision, but it was more fair than disqualifying the players who didn't know any better or disqualifying the entire team - both of which the SCHSL could've done. The other time as a football coach, one of our kids transferred in and legitimately lived in our zone and played all year for us except we didn't know his father wasn't his legal guardian so his move wasn't legally bona fide in the eyes of the SCHSL. They booted us entirely out of the playoffs because of a technicality. All our players who worked so hard were denied the chance to compete in the playoffs because of a technical screw-up by the AD, principal, coach, and perhaps some deception by a parent.
I would understand a school getting charged a big fine and I would understand a coach, an AD, and a principal (two of which sign the eligibility paperwork) getting a stiff fine and/or suspension. I totally understand the player in question being declared ineligible. I just hate the innocent kids are hurt by a mistake. Not a pattern of deception, not a pattern of negligence, not a pattern of blatant disregard of the SCHSL rules - just a mistake. It's not fair.
Hahahahah, oh man. Is Trey still coaching at WF? Oh man he was a guy that loved fb, and what a cu fan. Great guy, and loves football, would actually smile if he had some success. WF always was a team that chokes in fb, but things do change.
They could see if big hands could come help out, he might be good at the HS level, oh wait he does play HS competition, and is maybe average.
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Trey is still there. He's a good guy. WF has never been a team that choked. They've always been a team that wasn't even in a position to choke because they were so bad. Things have changed. Might not make it through NW but it's been a great season. We'll see Friday night.
Supposedly only dressed for JV and not Varsity thus no penalty.
Apparently he played on JV but dressed on varsity for one game but never actually played. Again, the rule doesn't differentiate, but common sense should prevail.
That's exactly right. He played the jv game against Dorman and then dressed the next night on varsity against them. I don't think any of them should get disqualified from the playoffs but if you're gonna enforce penalties they need to be enforced equally across the board.
According to Byrnes he did not dress for Varsity. Of course I could careless.
Spartanburg School District 5 also confirmed the ruling in a news release.
"In the process of double-checking the eligibility of our football team, it was discovered that a 10th-grader that had transferred from another school did not complete the proper paperwork," the release stated. "As we investigated further, we had questions regarding the residency of the involved student. When we learned of the error, we reported the issue to the SCHSL office. The result of this issue will be a forfeit of the game against Dorman. The involved student-athlete did not play in the game nor did he play in any varsity game. He only dressed out in the Dorman game."
The player in question was a transfer from Dorman. As a result of the ruling, Byrnes drops to 10-2 overall and Dorman improves to 9-3.
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