Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association executive secretary Rick Diggs granted a waiver yesterday to allow a Wilde Lake football player, whose residential ineligibility last fall led to the Wildecats' forfeiting seven games, to transfer to any conference school.
The MIAA rule book states that a public school athlete can't transfer to an MIAA school during the school year and play the next season. Public school athletes can transfer to MIAA schools without a waiver during an open enrollment period from June to the first week in August.
Diggs said his decision was influenced by Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall, who initiated the process by appealing on the student's behalf, and by a strong recommendation from Wilde Lake principal Restia Whitaker.
The junior running back attended Columbia's Wilde Lake while living in Oakland Mills. The athlete's parents, during an investigation conducted by the Howard County school system, admitted they had falsified documents so their son could play at Wilde Lake, according to a school system news release last month.
The school system told the athlete he would have to attend either Hammond or Atholton for the rest of the year, and not be allowed to play football next season. DuVall said the athlete is leaning toward attending St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel.