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Canton McKinley forfeits game

By admin Published: September 5, 2007

Here is a report from the Associated Press:

Canton McKinley High School will forfeit its 66-6 win over a Detroit high school after McKinley's coach discovered that an academically ineligible player participated in the game, school officials said.

McKinley football coach Brian Cross notified the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Sunday after the ineligible player participated in the last play of the Aug. 25 home opener against Detroit Pershing.

The forfeit, made in accordance with OHSAA regulations, drops McKinley to an 0-2 start for the season.

Cross will be suspended for one game.

The academic eligibility of all players is routinely checked by coaches and athletic staff. But in this case, the student had just transferred into the district and the high school hadn't yet received his official transcript, the school said.

-Associated Press

I think Brian Cross showed a lot of character by notifying OHSAA about the ineligible player that he put in the game. But rules are rules, so Cross will be suspended for McKinley's game against Lake.

Do you think McKinley (0-2) will fold against Lake? Or do you think the Bulldogs will pick up a win with their backs against the wall? Let me know.

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