High schools: State legislators will ask OSSAA for its financial records

Request will also include explanation why OSSAA denied U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill football independent status
by Scott Wright Published: December 6, 2012
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photo - Capitol Hill's Denny Do runs the ball against Oklahoma Centennial during a high school football game at Star Spencer in Oklahoma City, Thursday, September 1, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Capitol Hill's Denny Do runs the ball against Oklahoma Centennial during a high school football game at Star Spencer in Oklahoma City, Thursday, September 1, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Two state legislators announced intentions to ask for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to open its financial records and to explain its denial of two Oklahoma City football teams wishing to become independent of the association.

Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC) and Rep. Bobby Cleveland (R- Slaughterville) released a statement detailing concerns about the association's financial transparency.

“An organization such as the OSSAA that dramatically impacts the lives of our student-athletes must be both transparent and accountable. Public scrutiny is essential.” Morrissette said.

The release stated that Cleveland requested and was denied a financial report from the OSSAA on Wednesday during its board meeting. The OSSAA denied withholding its financial records.

“OSSAA has not received, and therefore has not refused, any request for any financial records from these state legislators,” said the statement from OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley. “(On Wednesday) during the course of the scheduled public meeting of OSSAA's Board of Directors, a man asked an OSSAA staff member for a copy of the minutes of the proceedings. As the meeting was still ongoing, no minutes of the meeting had yet been prepared.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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