OSSAA official to meet with Tahlequah Sequoyah football parents
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Thursday, November 01, 2012
11/01/12 at 5:13 AM
Tahlequah Sequoyah football parents will get a chance Thursday to refute claims that their sons violated an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rule.
The rule prohibits an athlete's participation in individual summer camps paid for by a school, school personnel or a booster group - and not by the athlete or his family.
OSSAA executive secretary Ed Sheakley said he would be in Tahlequah to meet with the parents and "establish that (the players) did or didn't attend these camps."
Twelve Sequoyah athletes were found in violation last week, but a judge ruled that the OSSAA violated their right to due process.
Cherokee County District Court Special Judge Doug Kirkley granted a temporary restraining order that made the players eligible until a hearing on the matter, scheduled before the OSSAA's Board of Directors next Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Sheakley said he notified the school of the violations, but Kirkley said Sheakley should have given the parents a chance to respond before making the students ineligible.
With eligibility restored last Friday, the Indians won at Hilldale 28-0 to clinch the District 3A-7 championship. Sequoyah's final regular-season home game is Friday at home against Lincoln Christian.
Original Print Headline: Parents get meeting to refute OSSAA claims