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Ineligible player gets Florida football team booted from playoffs

November 13, 2015 / Football
A Florida high school football team will not be allowed to participate in the playoffs because it used an ineligible player during the regular season.

FootballHand-300x200Orange City University High School self-reported the violation, thinking it would just have to pay a small fine. Instead, the Florida High School Athletic Association ruled that the team must forfeit all 10 regular season games and it would not be eligible to participate in the playoffs, which begin this evening.

The school was also fined $1,000 ($100 per game), but it will only be required to pay $100 if the school does not commit additional violations before June 2016, according to WNDB in Daytona Beach.

From the article:

University is the only Volusia County high school that made it into this year’s 8A playoffs. It’s the first time the school has made it to the postseason since it was formed five years ago.

The ineligible player was discovered during a staff review of the school’s player roster and was related to semester attendance information, according to VCS spokeswoman Nancy Wait.

The school was also fined an additional $100 for allowing one student to play without all the necessary paperwork on file.

Other sanctions will require University High’s athletic director to attend an FHSAA mid-year compliance seminar in January.

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