Sequoyah-Tahlequah High School has been in front of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors multiple times over the last few years for student-athlete appeals, coaching reprimands, game forfeitures and other punishments.
But Wednesday's appearance by school officials, including superintendent Leroy Qualls, at the regular OSSAA board meeting was about laying out the clean slate ahead of them.
New administrators and some new coaches are in place as the school tries to put behind it a previous leadership that, in the words of OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley, “thought the rules didn't apply to Sequoyah-Tahlequah.”
On Wednesday, administrators presented the OSSAA board with the self-developed report on an operational audit of the school, and explained procedures now in place to educate the faculty, staff, students and parents of the OSSAA rules.
The board accepted the report and no further action was taken against the school. Sheakley told the school officials that he did “appreciate the thoroughness of the report.”
Qualls, along with new athletic director Marcus Crittenden and other administrators, have gone through to correct all of the past issues that could be fixed, so that the school is fully compliant with OSSAA rules.
“We're happy to be a part of the OSSAA,” Qualls said. “In the past, there was a defiance of working with the OSSAA, but we're very comfortable working with them now.”
BRENT SCOTT'S REINSTATEMENT TABLED
For the second straight month, former Sequoyah-Tahlequah football coach Brent Scott's appeal for reinstatement to coach in the OSSAA in 2013 was put off.
Scott was suspended for one year after allowing 12 of his players to attend summer football camps that were paid for by the school, which is a violation of OSSAA rules. The violation resulted in nine forfeits, and cost Sequoyah-Tahlequah a spot in the playoffs in the 2012 season.
Scott is likely to be scheduled to appear at the next OSSAA board meeting in March.
SPRING BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SITES SET
Edmond Santa Fe and Shawnee will host the large-school baseball championship games, bringing them back to the Oklahoma City metro area for the first time in over a decade.
Class 2A-4A have been in Shawnee the last few years, but 5A and 6A have been held in the Tulsa area.
This spring, Shawnee will host Class 2A, 4A and 6A championships on May 11. The Class 3A and 5A finals will be played at Edmond Santa Fe.
Dolese Park, Deer Creek and Edmond Memorial will be used for quarterfinal and semifinal games.
In addition, the Class A and B championship games will be held at Dolese Park's Palmer Field. The OSSAA has tried to get the spring finals at the Bricktown Ballpark, which hosted the fall games last October. But availability of the field is more difficult to manage in May.
OKCPS PROPOSAL PUSHED BACK
Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor was originally scheduled to present a new plan to the OSSAA regarding the U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill football teams possibly pursuing independence from the association for four seasons starting in 2014.
However, by mutual agreement, that presentation was tabled until the March meeting.
By Scott Wright