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OSSAA didn't do SeeWorth Academy or opponents any favors

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors may have technically made the right call in denying SeeWorth Academy an independent football schedule, but high school beat writer Robert Przybylo writes that the kids at the charter school needed and deserved it.
By Robert Przybylo Published: February 20, 2011

Technically, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors made the right call by denying the appeal of SeeWorth Academy to play an independent football schedule.

But only technically.

Common sense and anybody who has been to the SeeWorth campus or watched SeeWorth play football knows the Eagles have no business in Class 3A.

However, that's where they'll have to be for at least another year. A lot of things would have had to happen for SeeWorth to play an independent schedule, but an effort should have been made.

“We thought and hoped it would be different,” SeeWorth athletic director and football coach Robert Walker said. “We thought we had a pretty good leg to stand on.”

The board listened to Walker and school Director Janet Grigg plead their case, but it didn't take long for a vote and the appeal being denied.

Would it set a dangerous precedent? No question about it, but it was a break the kids at SeeWorth certainly need and deserve.

SeeWorth is an Oklahoma City Public Schools charter school for at-risk youth and is located off NE 122 and Kelley Ave.

Walker is not looking for a competitive advantage in moving to an independent schedule — he's just looking to be competitive.

The Eagles were far from that in 2010. The team did not score one point and was forced to forfeit three games because it couldn't field an 11-man roster.

“It just doesn't help our kids or our opponents right now,” Walker said. “The other teams in the district are very understanding. Their starters play a quarter or so.

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