Usually, the week or so between All-State week and the start of practices is a quiet one. Last week, though, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association shook high school athletics. The OSSAA took nine 2008 wins away from the state’s premier football program, Jenks, and temporarily steered attention away from the public-private debate.
The OSSAA ruled that Jenks receiver Jarrett Lake, an OU oral commit, was ineligible in both 2008 and 2009. Lake was not only ruled scholastically ineligible because he was not in good standing with his previous school (Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.), but he was also ineligible according to the OSSAA’s residency requirements. Lake’s aunt reportedly maintained dual residence, yet failed to obtain the waiver needed to make Lake eligible at Jenks. And when his aunt returned to North Carolina earlier this year, Lake moved in with the parents of former Jenks standout and OU signee Gabe Lynn. Jenks plans to appeal the OSSAA’s ruling at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board of directors meeting. It’s unlikely the forfeit order gets overturned and even less likely that Lake is reinstated. Even without the circumstances involving Jenks’ forfeitures and the dual eligibility questions of Lake’s status, the board rarely overturns decisions made by the staff. And in this case, not only would they have to rule that Lake was eligible based on the residency requirements, but that he would be eligible scholastically as well.