SYRACUSE A committee will decide whether four Syracuse High School football players who are accused in a burglary spree will be eligible to play this fall as their legal case continues.
Principal Craig Hansen has the power to decide the matter on his own, but he's bringing in a committee of administrators, teachers and coaches to handle the matter this week. Hansen said nearly all the input he has received has been against letting the students compete.
"Certainly there's no question on where public opinion stands," Hansen said.
The Utah High School Activities Association leaves athletic eligibility up to principals.
Four football players and two other teens collectively face 54 charges for a burglary spree in April, May and June. They were arrested June 25 by Ogden police after a chase.
Hansen said the committee members will look at the charges the students face and then decide their eligibility status.
Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said neither the district nor the school will be allowed to release the decisions because of federal privacy laws, but the players' status will be apparent when football season begins.
"That's probably what a lot of people will do," Williams said. "I'm sure there are people in the community who know who these young men are. ... We just won't (release information) even when the decision is made."
The first game of the season is Aug. 22.