Super 25 No. 7 Katy (Texas) allowed to play on in postseason after UIL hearing

Super 25 No. 7 Katy (Texas) allowed to play on in postseason after UIL hearing

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Super 25 No. 7 Katy (Texas) allowed to play on in postseason after UIL hearing

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UPDATE, 11:50 AM

The University Interscholastic League has determined not to disqualify No. 7 Katy from the Texas high school football playoffs for using an ineligible player. At an emergency hearing Thursday, the UIL committee decided by 3-0 to publicly reprimand Katy and put the school on one year of probation and not force them school to forfeit.

The player is disqualified from the rest of the season.

In the discussion, Katy ISD athletic director Debbie Decker indicated that she misread the rule and noted that there is a different standard for the postseason than the regular season. It was pointed out that the two rules are separated by 22 pages in the rulebook.

The committee noted that it has not had issues with Katy in the past and was impressed with the diligence Katy showed in its documentation and player eligibility compliance.

More to come on this story

 

FROM EARLIER

The Super 25 No. 7 Katy High School football team’s season could come to an abrupt end.

The State Executive Committee for the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body of high school sports, will convene to determine if the team violated rules by playing an ineligible athlete.

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The committee will meet in an emergency session at 11 a.m. ET Thursday to make a ruling.

If the committee determines the school was at fault, Katy could be disqualified from the state playoffs and could be forced to forfeit its games the athlete played in.

“The emergency hearing is necessary because the outcome may impact upcoming playoff games,” UIL officials said.

The district said in a statement:

On December 1, Katy ISD’s Athletic Department discovered the possibility of an ineligible student participating on the Katy High School football team.  The student who was already enrolled in another Katy ISD high school, recently moved to the Katy High School attendance zone. All verification steps were taken and all proper forms were completed by the student’s parent and staff during this process.  It is a matter of the student’s timeline of enrollment in the school that is in question and will be reviewed by the UIL State Executive Committee.  Since being enrolled at Katy High School, the student has participated in one game against Friendswood ISD on November 27, 2015.  Katy ISD’s Athletic Department has self-reported this incident to the UIL and a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow, December 3.

Katy is scheduled to play Manvel High School Friday at 7 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.

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