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.”
BASEBALL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES CONSIDERED
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.
Currently, 101 schools play fall baseball, with the top 50 in average attendance making up Class A and the other 51 in Class B.
The proposal includes no addition of classes in spring, nor any changes to the way Classes 6A-3A are presently aligned.
However, the proposed change would create a separate class for all schools 2A and below that do not play fall baseball. The schools 2A and down that play in the fall would be split into two classes.
The committee will seek feedback from the membership at the area meetings and adjust its proposal, if necessary, before submitting it to the OSSAA board for approval later in the school year. If approved by the board, the changes would be instituted for the 2013-14 school year.
SOONERS HOOP COMMIT HAMMOND ON RIVALS LIST
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger's first verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, homeschool Oklahoma Sky forward Jacob Hammond, is rated No. 131 on the latest Rivals 150 for the current junior class.
Hammond, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, averaged 11 points for the Oklahoma City Storm last season, helping them to the homeschool national championship game. He verbally committed to the Sooners last month.
VOLLEYBALL STATE SITES SET
The board approved the sites for October's state volleyball tournaments, starting with the Class 4A tournament Oct. 5-6 at Chickasha High School.
The Class 5A-6A state tournaments will be held Oct. 12-13. The 5A matches will be at Westmoore both days. The 6A matches will be at Shawnee the first day, with the semifinals and finals at Westmoore on Oct. 13.
By Scott Wright