OSSAA's Ringling investigation could throw Class A championship game into flux

Ringling is being investigated by the OSSAA for playing an ineligible player throughout this season. But what if the player is ultimately ruled ineligible next week ahead of the Class A championship game?
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 13, 2013

One year after winning the Class A state football championship, Ringling is being investigated by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for playing an ineligible player throughout this season.

The investigation is the result of the OSSAA receiving an anonymous letter Tuesday with the allegations that a senior repeated a grade in middle school but did not sit out the required year.

Ringling said the player did not play Friday night against Talihina during the Blue Devils' 26-18 victory. But what if the player is ultimately ruled ineligible next week ahead of the Class A championship game?

“This is the first time anything like this has happened before,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “We're treading through new territory. This is the first time it's happened in the midst of the playoffs.”

What could happen is a firestorm never seen before.

*The Blue Devils could face forfeiting their 11 wins, making them ineligible for the playoffs. In that scenario, Rush Springs could be left wondering what could have been had it gotten the final postseason spot Ringling would have vacated.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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