Hammond signs with Nebraska, regains eligibility
Wednesday turned into a huge day for Comanche senior Jacob Hammond.
The 6-foot-10 center not only signed his National Letter of Intent with Nebraska in the morning, he also won his appeal for a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors.
“I've been going through this whole trial and tribulation thing for about a month now,” Hammond said. “Today, I was expecting that they were probably going to deny it going into it. If they did deny it, we were going to go to the courts with it. I'm just happy that we didn't have to go through that huge process.”
The board voted 7-6 following an executive session in favor of Hammond, who was applying for a fifth year of eligibility after repeating the eighth grade and also his varsity athletic eligibility. The vote was tied until OSSAA board of directors president Todd Steidley ruled in favor of Hammond.
Hammond spent last season at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kan., but moved back to Oklahoma over the summer. After originally looking to join a new Oklahoma City-area prep school, United Prep, he later moved to Comanche before the school year started.
He began his high school career at Duncan as a freshman and then played for the OKC Storm homeschool team as a sophomore. Due to beginning his eligibility in Duncan and then moving out of district, he had to receive a hardship to play at Comanche once he moved back.
For Hammond, it's a chance to play one more season in front of his hometown fans.
“This is great to come back home where people have seen me since I was younger, when I wasn't as good,” he said. “It's great to be in a stable situation here and it's going to be a good season.”
Hammond was originally committed to Oklahoma but switched his commitment to the Huskers earlier this year.
CLASS 6A TITLE DATE SET
The Class 6A football championship game is officially scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
The board unanimously approved moving the game there due to Bedlam being played on Saturday, with Classes 5A and 4A playing their championship games at 1 p.m. and 7 Friday.
It has not been determined which class will play the first game on Friday.
Also, with the 6A game being moved to Thursday, the previous week's semifinals will be played at a neutral site on Friday, Nov. 29.
Former Sequoyah-Tahlequah football coach Brent Scott was reinstated by the OSSAA after submitting a letter pledging to obey the OSSAA regulations moving forward.
Scott was suspended for one year after allowing 12 of his players to attend summer football camps paid for by the school, which is a violation of OSSAA rules. Sequoyah-Tahlequah was forced to forfeit nine games and a spot in the 2012 playoffs.
Scott is still involved in a termination lawsuit with Sequoyah-Tahlequah and chose not to make an appearance due to the case. His lawyer, Chad Smith, also could not attend.
SPRING BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SITES SET
The Class 6A and 5A spring baseball championships are returning to the Oklahoma City metro.
During Wednesday's meeting, OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley informed the board of directors that the Classes 2A-6A will play at Oklahoma's L. Dale Mitchell Park and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.