A judge ruled against Sequoyah-Tahlequah quarterback Brayden Scott in his attempt to overturn an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rule governing payment of individual summer camp fees.
District Judge Darrell Shepherd denied Scott's request for a permanent injunction Thursday to reinstate Scott's eligibility, overturn the rule and make Sequoyah eligible for the Class 3A football playoffs.
On Monday, the school forfeited its nine 2012 football victories, making the Indians ineligible for the playoffs. The bulk of the playoffs in all eight Oklahoma classifications gets under way Friday with first-round games.
“It looks like it's time for a `Hail Mary' pass,” said Scott's attorney, Chad Smith.
Smith said his next move was to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He filed a writ of mandamus seeking to overturn Shepherd's judgment and had a hearing set with a court referee at 10 a.m. Friday in Oklahoma City.
The referee would then recommend to the high court on whether it should take action or hear additional arguments in the case.
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NICHOLS RETURNS TO COURT
Lonnie Nichols, who coached the Cameron University basketball program for four successful seasons, will return to coach an alumni team against the Aggies' current varsity at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lawton. Alums from the late 1960s to the 2000s will play for Nichols, who guided the men's team to a 116-26 record. Cameron won the 1980 NAIA championship, beating No. 1-ranked Alabama State in the final. A year earlier, Cameron entered the national tournament ranked No. 1, but that team lost in the third round.
The alumni-varsity game will be free of admission charge. The Cameron Athletic Department will collect coats and canned goods for the Lawton Area Food Bank.
SOONERS COMING HOME
Members of the Oklahoma men's tennis team are back to Norman after a snowstorm affected travel to Flushing, N.Y. The Sooners were scheduled to play in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships; the tournament is still being played for those who were already in town. Guillermo Alcorta, Axel Alvarez Llamas, Costin Paval and Dane Webb were scheduled to play in either the singles or doubles draws.
“It's disappointing for the guys not to be able to compete this weekend,” Sooners coach John Roddick said. “It was a great accomplishment to have that many players qualify for the tournament. We'll just have to finish up practice in the fall working hard.”