OSSAA accepts Broken Arrow's self-imposed penalties, doesn't strip track title [Tulsa World, Okla.]
(Tulsa World (OK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 11--OKLAHOMA CITY -- Broken Arrow officials breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday.
The Tigers won't have to forfeit their 2013 state championship in track and field.
After going into executive session for roughly 45 minutes, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's board of directors voted 9-0 with one abstention to accept the Tigers' self-imposed penalties.
"We're excited and now we can order those state championship rings," school superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said.
The Tigers forfeited five track meets and two football games from the 2012-13 school year and imposed other sanctions on themselves after ascertaining that an ineligible student-athlete had participated in both sports.
"We did all this because we felt like it was the right thing to do," Mendenhall said.
Among other measures taken by the school district:
1) Two full-time administrative posts were added to the athletic staff.
2) Athletic director Ken Ellett was suspended from duties involving eligibility oversight for a year.
3) Head football coach Steve Spavital was removed as an assistant athletic director and will not be involved in eligibility oversight. Starting with the 2013-14 school year, his title will be Coordinator of Football Operations.
4) Assistant track coach Brad Farrow was suspended from coaching duties in the district for a year, and any subsequent duties within the district must be improved by the OSSAA.
The violation involved an unidentified student repeating his eighth grade athletic year in 2008-09 after moving to Broken Arrow from outside the metro area.
The same athlete participated as a senior in 2012-13. Under OSSAA rules, because he did not sit out the repeated middle school year, he was effectively ineligible as a senior.
When they became aware of a potential problem in June, BA officials notified the OSSAA and investigated to confirm.
In an Aug. 29 press conference, Mendenhall said the violation was "not intentional" but admitted that administrative mistakes "had been made" allowing the infraction to occur.
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