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High school notebook: Hardship approved for Dewey Selmon's adopted son

Adam Selmon, a running back and defensive back, can play for Norman this season.
by Scott Wright Published: September 5, 2012

Norman junior Adam Selmon, the adopted son of former Oklahoma defensive line great Dewey Selmon, had his eligibility hardship waiver approved by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors by a unanimous vote Wednesday.

Adam Selmon, a running back and cornerback for the Tigers, transferred last year from Community Christian School, where he had been attending since the seventh grade.

The Selmon family adopted him as an orphan from the West African country of Liberia, which was ravaged by civil war for much of his life.

When he arrived in Norman at age 13, Adam tested at a second-grade reading level, so the Selmons kept him out of the public school system to help him get up to speed with others his age.

When they believed he reached that point, they transferred him to Norman High last November. On Wednesday, he learned that he'll get to compete with the varsity football team this season.

“This means two things to us,” Dewey Selmon said after the ruling. “One, Adam is able to continue to pursue an education that's good for him now and in the future, and two, he gets the chance to play varsity sports, and our family believes education and athletics go hand-in-hand.

“And through that, he may be able to help the community, which is what Norman is all about.”


A committee designed to study equality of fall and spring baseball has formed a proposal to alter the classifications in both seasons that is expected to be presented to the OSSAA membership for discussion at the area meetings in October.

The changes would include increasing classifications from two to three in the fall season, with the largest class being made up of the top 16 schools in average attendance. The next 32 schools would make up the middle class, with the rest filling out the smallest classification.

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by Scott Wright
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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