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State association turns down Memphis East's request to play in DICK'S Sporting Goods High School Nationals

The Memphis East High School Mustangs (Memphis, Tenn.) dance before the start of the 2017 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions championship game (Photo: Springfield News-Leader).

Memphis East is the No. 3 team in the Super 25 high school basketball rankings. The Mustangs are in the state quarterfinals and hope to win the state AAA championship this week. Even if they do, that will be the end of Memphis East’s season.

The Mustangs’ request for a waiver to play in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals was denied Tuesday by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s Board of Control, as reported first by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The waiver would have been needed since the TSSAA’s rules prohibit any postseason play beyond the state tournament.

The reaction was swift from  by Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey E. Hopson and others:

On its Twitter feed, Memphis East responded to the initial tweet with:  We sincerely appreciate the support from you and your team! Thanks Atty. Randolph!