Oklahoma high school baseball tournament on hold as lawyers go to bat in court

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: May 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

This should be cut and dried: break the rules, you lose. But the OSSAA may have muddied the waters in 2011 when, after initially issuing a ruling that would have kept Guthrie's football team out of the playoffs because of a violation, its board reversed course and instead suspended only the coach.

Wright City is asking that its kids not be made to pay for the coach's mistake. Given the precedent, this argument holds a little more water than coach Kyle Butler's contention that the two scrimmages his team played between rounds of the playoffs wouldn't benefit the Lumberjax at state. If not, then why play them?

Wright City's players are in a tough spot. But so too are the players for the remaining Class A state tournament teams, whose coaches did follow the rules. Nothing about this is fair to them.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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