George Felt

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High school football: Felt's Facts Week 1

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 5:12 p.m. MDT

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A change in UHSAA by-laws introduced the concept of vacated playoff games to Utah and resolves a problem that cropped up last season.

This provision provides an additional penalty to apply to violators, typically teams that have used ineligible players. The first choice is for the violator to forfeit a game or games. However, that can’t always be “practically applied,” as the by-law states.

Timpview, by its own admission, used ineligible players in the 2011 playoffs, but they weren’t discovered until 2012. Thus, Timpview couldn’t “practically” forfeit its two playoff victories. Instead, they vacate the wins. The by-law reads, “The effect of vacating a win is to nullify the results of a contest for the offending school or individual in contests won.”

However, the losses for Timpview’s opponents, Woods Cross and Westlake, remain.

While this may sound confusing, the NCAA and some other states use this approach on the premise that the penalized team didn’t do what was required to win: not all its players were eligible. But the losing team didn’t fulfill all the requirements, either: it didn’t score enough points to defeat its opponent. Thus the victory is erased from the penalized team, but the loss for the losing team remains.

The bracket for the 2011 Class 4A tournament should show a first-round game with Timpview defeating Woods Cross, 31-14, but noting, “later vacated,” and a quarterfinal contest with Timpview defeating Westlake, 24-17, again noting, “later vacated.”

Timpview’s official 2011 playoff record is 0-1, as the T-birds lost to East in the semifinals. (Woods Cross is also 0-1 and Westlake is 1-1.)
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Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

This list format is a TERRIBLE format for presenting the wonderful information presented by Mr. Felt. PLEASE go back to the article format used in the past.

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