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Tigers forfeit win over Calipatria

October 19, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High School football team has officially forfeited its 28-14 win over Calipatria for using academically ineligible players in the game.

According to Imperial Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Layaye, two players, whom she would not name, have been removed from the team for violating CIF San Diego Section and school athletic/academic policy resulting in the team's forfeit of its win over Calipatria on Oct. 12 and a loss to Santa Fe Christian on Oct. 5.

"We had no idea that these players were ineligible. We wouldn't have played them if we knew that they were ineligible," said Layaye. "There was just a mistake on the interpretation of the rules."

For an athlete to be eligible to play a sport he/she must have a 2.0 grade-point average at the end of the previous grading period. In this case, the players would have had to have a 2.0 at the end of the fourth quarter of the 2000-01 school year.

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At other schools, students are allowed to go on academic "probation," which allows the student to be a part of the team, although the player must maintain a 2.0 GPA to play in the following week's games. If on probation, a player is required to miss the first week's game(s) of the season.

Imperial does not implement a probation policy, so players must enter the season with a 2.0 GPA in the previous grading period.

Layaye said if players have a 2.0 GPA at the end of the first quarter this year, they are eligible to play winter sports. Football is a fall sport, so the players involved in the incident were not eligible.

Imperial High football coach and athletic director Mike Swearingen declined to comment on the matter .

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