And in this case, not only would they have to rule that Lake was eligible based on the residency requirements, but that he would be eligible scholastically as well. Those hurdles aren’t going to be cleared.
Lake appears headed to Tulsa Holland Hall, which is in the Southwest Preparatory Conference — not the OSSAA.
While its unlikely that Jenks administrators or coaches did anything wrong intentionally, the responsibility ultimately falls on them.
Lake and his family shouldn’t be expected to know the intricacies of the OSSAA’s rules. Jenks must know. Along with Tulsa Union and the most high-profile private schools, no other school in the state is held under as much scrutiny as Jenks.
In the end, mainly because Jenks did not win the 6A title last year, the forfeits are basically meaningless.
Hopefully, the Lake situation will open the eyes of not only Jenks personnel but administrators across the state that OSSAA rules can’t be flaunted.