Sequoyah-Tahlequah has the right to appeal the forfeiture rulings made over the weekend, but the Indians will accept the punishment, according to reports.
The Tulsa World first reported that the school would not appeal the forfeitures at Wednesday's meeting of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Board of Directors.
The Indians were forced to forfeit nine games after they were found to have violated the OSSAA's rules on payment of summer camps and clinics. OSSAA rules do not allow individual player camps to be paid for by the “school, by school personnel or by any booster group or organization with the school, or by any non-family member.”
Twelve Sequoyah players were found to be in violation of the rule.
Instead, the school will appeal for the players to have their eligibility restored at the 1:30 p.m. Wednesday appeal.
At the same meeting, Elgin will appeal for the eligibility to be restored for a player found to have violated the OSSAA's rules on amateurism.
Elgin had to forfeit its win over Piedmont when the player was ruled ineligible.
Sinor, Balenseifen to present plan to OSSAA
Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor and Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen will appear before the OSSAA Board of Directors on Wednesday to present a proposal that would allow high schools to become independent of the OSSAA in an individual sport.
Currently, OSSAA rules require a school to withdraw from the association in all sports, but Sinor and Balenseifen will propose to amend that rule.
Sinor and Balenseifen had worked with Tulsa athletic director Gil Cloud on a larger proposal to reclassify teams in a manner to better level the playing field, taking into account winning percentage over a number of years and percentage of students on free and reduced lunch at public schools.
The focus of the presentation has narrowed to the independence issue, for example, allowing a football team to become independent without forcing the rest of the school's athletic teams to leave the OSSAA.
“We feel that would be best for everybody,” Sinor said. “We're proposing a change in the wording of the rule that essentially says if a school wants to become independent in one sport, it has to become independent in all sports for two years.
“This is a safety thing for our kids, and it's about giving them a chance to be successful. It's about doing what's right for the kids.”
The proposal calls for the rule change to be applied statewide, not just to select teams.
It is possible that the Board could call for a vote on the proposal, or they could take it under advisement to be considered at a later date.
Wesleyan-Southwest Covenant game moved to Dewey
The Class C first-round playoff game between Southwest Covenant and Wesleyan Christian has been moved to Dewey High School because of an issue with the field where Wesleyan Christian typically plays its home games.
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Caney Valley excited to be back in the playoffs
It's been 30 years since Caney Valley last made the playoffs.
The Trojans clinched their first berth since 1982 with a win in Week 9.
Afterward, the magnitude of what just happened set in with the players.
“For the kids to show heart, and to have some grit, and not to give up, and to take the game away from somebody and to accomplish a goal was pretty special to know there's not much quit in them,” said coach Anthony Fogle, who is in his sixth season at Caney Valley.
The drought was the second-longest in the state, behind Northwest Classen.
The Trojans are 8-2 this season, their first winning season in more than 20 years after two straight seasons of finishing 5-5.
“We knew we could do it; we were just waiting,” Fogle said. “The kids knew they could win but we just hadn't put the season together yet. We were optimistic.”
The Trojans play at Kansas on Friday in the Class 2A playoffs.