Monday, January 14, 2013
The S.C. High School League on Wednesday released its written explanation of the Goose Creek football decision.
The Journal Scene requested a copy of the Nov. 19 executive committee decision that removed Goose Creek from the playoffs for using an ineligible player.
The player had attended classes at a group home in Greenville that were offered through a local high school, Woodmont High School. Those classes didn’t initially appear on his transcript when he transferred to Goose Creek, and he was allowed to play football although he was in his fifth year of high school.
The Nov. 29 letter to Principal Jimmy Huskey says the definition of “enrollment” doesn’t require physical attendance on campus, so the fact he was taught by Greenville County School District teachers is sufficient to consider him enrolled at Woodmont High School for that year.
The vote on this issue was 14-0.
The committee voted against the school 12-2 on the school’s request to set aside the game forfeiture penalty and leave all other penalties in place.
The committee determined there was no evidence of hardship, the letter states. Hardship requires “unforeseeable, unavoidable and uncorrectable” circumstances that are “completely beyond the control of the school.”