Last week's vow by the Oklahoma House of Representatives to propose legislation regarding the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association wasn't just the result of the three-day legislative hearing.
Instead, it's also the result of a series of events that helped shape the case against the OSSAA.
The outcome of each started largely in favor of the OSSAA, but during the past few months things have started to change for the organization.
Here is a look at five of the events that impacted the OSSAA and opened up the organization to legislation.
TUCKER BROWN, 2005
Brown, a Shawnee junior in 2005, was suspended for two games after being ejected for kicking a Tulsa Washington player near the end of a playoff game, ruling him ineligible for the Wolves' semifinal game. Believing the rule to be unclear, Brown's family received an injunction to allow him to play, but the game was postponed for three weeks until the Oklahoma Supreme Court made a ruling.
The court ruled in favor of the OSSAA, saying “Absent fraudulent, collusive, unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious behavior, this court may not overturn a voluntary association's enforcement of its rules.”
The case caught national attention, but may have been the first sign of trouble brewing with the OSSAA regarding the court system.
Shawnee coach Billy Brown said at the time about the OSSAA, “They are untouchable. They answer to no one. The message sent by the OSSAA is that they can do what they want to do.”
DANNY RENNELS, 2009
The OSSAA's then-executive secretary, Danny Rennels, was fired for misappropriation of funds after spending nearly 10 years with the organization.
He later pleaded guilty and paid back $421,500. He was also placed on probation for five years, handed 175 hours of community service and was forced to follow special conditions “for gambling addicted persons.”
Current executive director Ed Sheakley eventually replaced Rennels, and actions were taken by the board of directors to avoid such an issue in the future.
However, some of the legislative hearing the past month centered on this incident and the lack of transparency by the organization regarding its finances.
Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, spoke last week about how that area needs to be addressed.
“I think the other thing is they have got to become transparent, open,” he said following last week's study. “They have to follow normal procedures that everyone else follows.
“I think that we are stewards of the schools' money. How they want to spend it, it's still the schools' money.”
The OSSAA ruled that Guthrie played an ineligible player after it was determined that Clint Simek and his family had dual residency in both Guthrie and Prague, forcing the top-ranked team to forfeit eight games and miss the playoffs.
After an appeal, the board of directors reversed the forfeits, suspended coach Rafe Watkins for eight games and forced Guthrie to surrender gate profits from the playoffs. Simek remained ineligible, and the football program was placed on warning for one year.
Watkins, though, was the reason the appeal was reversed, volunteering to sit out the playoffs so the kids could play.
“Suspend me from the playoffs if these kids can play,” he told the board.
Guthrie went on to win the Class 5A championship.
This case is now often viewed as the one that opened up the OSSAA to criticism for allowing a team to play in the playoffs after clearly breaking a rule.
Guthrie superintendent Terry Simpson was on the OSSAA board at the time, but recused himself from the hearing and vote in hope of avoiding the criticism many claim, that it's about who you know on the board.
WRIGHT CITY BASEBALL, SPRING 2013
Just days before the spring baseball tournament was supposed to begin, the Wright City baseball team was forced to forfeit its quarterfinal game against Sterling due to exceeding the games limit rule after it was discovered the Lumberjax scrimmaged teams once the postseason opened.
The school, however, received an injunction in McCurtain County the day before the tournament was scheduled to open. The OSSAA tried to get the injunction lifted, but the court refused and forced the OSSAA to appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court and postpone the tournament.
However, the case dragged on for more than a month before the Supreme Court ruled that both sides erred and lifted the court injunction to send the appeal back to the OSSAA board, where it was then decided Wright City could play but coach Kyle Butler would be suspended until the spring semester of 2014.
The case had multiple implications for the OSSAA. It was the first time the Supreme Court ruled the OSSAA was in the wrong, but it would not be the last.
It also seriously brought into question the wording of the rule book and how rules are applied to each school.
SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST OSSAA, OCT. 2013
Just last week, the OSSAA was nearly crippled by a Supreme Court ruling.
After forcing Seyouyah-Tahlequah to forfeit nine football games and ruling 12 players ineligible for participating in individual camps that were paid for by the school, the OSSAA eventually made some changes to the punishments.
The board did reinstate eligibility for 11 of the 12 players, but did not reinstate quarterback Brayden Scott's eligibility. Coach Brent Scott was suspended from coaching for one year. The OSSAA also severely limited the team's involvement in offseason workouts and scrimmages.
But even those changes weren't enough for the Supreme Court, which ruled last Wednesday 7-2 that the organization will see tougher judicial scrutiny from now on.
The court also said the OSSAA took arbitrary and capricious actions against the football team in interpreting and enforcing its rules.
It was the first time the Supreme Court had made a ruling regarding the OSSAA, instead of throwing the case back to the board or ruling that the OSSAA was a private organization and that it was upholding its rules.
The blow was felt in the final day of the legislative study, even sparking some legislators to say they took it as the Supreme Court telling them to propose legislation regarding the OSSAA.