Oakland Mills coach put on leave

Football team forfeited wins for ineligible player

High Schools

November 18, 2003|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills football coach Ken Hovet has been put on administrative leave as the Howard County school system investigates the circumstances surrounding the team's use of an academically ineligible player, sources have told The Sun.

It was announced on Thursday that the Scorpions had to forfeit seven regular-season victories and their first-round berth in the state playoffs as a result of the violation, which sources said involved a reserve player.

Hovet, the athletic director at the Columbia school, declined to comment.

The school system's policy is to put personnel on administrative leave while they are being investigated.

Patti Caplan, spokeswoman for the county school system, would not comment on this situation specifically, but said "there are a variety of circumstances that might result in an employee being put on administrative leave."

Howard County requires a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and no failing grades to participate in athletics.

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