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Prep insider: Ultimately, blame for Jarrett Lake situation must fall on Jenks

by Ryan Aber Published: August 10, 2009
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/> 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.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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