San Marcos (Texas) High School has been banned from playoff contention for the next two years, according to a report by Jude McLaren in San Marcos Daily Record.
Apparently, the reason is that several players from the team have been declared ineligible for transfer for sporting reasons.
The school’s athletic director and football coach John Walsh says the district will appeal the DEC’s decision to the University Interscholastic League. Walsh says he has confidence in the appeals process.
However, the playoff ban is only part of the potential discipline. In a statement, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Michael Cardona said the District Executive Committee also recommended that the ineligible student-athletes be banned for two years. He claims the school did not recruit any of the allegedly ineligible athletes.
“The DEC also recommended that multiple student-athletes be declared ineligible for the 2022-2023 season with a second recommendation to bar the ineligible student-athletes for an additional two years due to recruiting allegations. At no time did any SMCISD coach or staff member recruit any of the student-athletes who were ruled ineligible.”
If upheld, the ban goes into effect this season, meaning that regardless of a team’s record, they cannot qualify for the UIL State Championships.
San Marcos opens its 2022 season tonight at home against Hutto (Texas).
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