WOODBURY, Minn – The varsity football team from East Ridge High School in Woodbury will forfeit a conference title and section title as well as a state football tournament berth for having an ineligible player on their roster. The disciplinary action was confirmed to KARE 11 by Head Football Coach Mike Pendino earlier this evening.
“I feel bad for the players; I feel bad for the coaches,” Pendino told KARE 11 this evening.
Pendino maintains that no one in the East Ridge football program knew that any player was ineligible.
“There is a process that every student in the district has to go through,” Pendino said. “And the process is run through the district office. All the paper work goes through the district office. There isn’t a teacher, a coach, an administrator at the high school that has any say on who gets into the high school and who doesn’t get into the high school.”
The school will forfeit its 2012 Suburban East conference title and its 2014 state tournament berth. Still Pendino believes that his teams will always feel like they won those titles.
“I’m sure they’ll always believe they achieved what they achieved which they have,” says Pendino. “The state high school league has to do what it has to do and that’s what they have to do. As long as we can look ourselves in the mirror and know we did the process we went through the process and we were fair and honest and did the right thing, I am OK with whatever happens.”
Pendino says they do not plan to appeal the disciplinary action.