High school football: East High punished for playing ineligible athlete

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  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Oct. 12, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    football fan- I read that too, and the example that was used was from 3A baseball with Snow Canyon and Juan Diego. SC was a 1 seed, dropped to a 4 seed and they handed JD a loss in the first round that was unfortunate because I think it would have been more of a semi final kind of game. However, to their credit, JD handled if very classy and I never read or heard of any complaining from them. I believe the rules should be followed and if they are broke then maybe they too should have to vacate the wins. It's very similar to the baseball situation as the player used wasn't a game changer by himself, just someone who got a few minutes of playing time. But rules are rules, and the punishment that is set should be followed for ALL teams.

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    If the UHSAA gets involved the wins will be taken away. I'm pretty sure UHSAA policy mandates forfeiture for any games where an ineligible student participates.

  • footballfan8 Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    if you read the article on sltrib it says that the principles in region 6 decided for a different punishment because they didn't want to punish a higher seeded team from another region not because they wanted to make it easier for east

  • Richapotamusrex lehi, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    I would like to see the UHSAA step in and vacate the two victories in which the ineligible player participated. The article states that in cases such as this the wins need to be taken away. I think a message does need to be sent that violation of the rules will not be tolerated and that ignorance of the situation is no excuse. It begs the question of how many other violations are taking place that they are not aware of and sets the precedent that for the paltry sum of $200 you can violate the rules. If the vacated wins place the team in a situation to play a tougher first round opponent then so be it. And let it be a lesson to other teams that they need to be sure that all of their players are in compliance with the rules of eligibility.