Broadneck football must forfeit '03 season

No. 1 Bruins went 13-1, used `out-of-area' player

High Schools

April 22, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County Board of Education committee has ruled that Broadneck High School - The Sun's No. 1 football team after a 13-1 season in which it lost only in the Class 4A state championship final - must forfeit its victories as well as its county and region titles for using an ineligible player.

The school filed an appeal to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association yesterday after the board ruled Tuesday night on an "out-of-area player," according to a source close to the Broadneck community and its football team who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity.

"I was aware there was going to be a hearing on a situation with Broadneck, but was not in my office all day," said Ned Sparks, the MPSSAA executive director. "Schools have 30 days to appeal the penalties, and we will hear it in a timely manner."

The source said that Broadneck football coach Jeff Herrick notified his principal and athletic director, and together they informed the county at the end of last week. Herrick was checking a list of underclassmen to send to the University of Maryland scouting combine and discovered two players with the same phone number.

That information was forwarded to the county Board of Arbitration, which makes decisions regarding athletic rules and regulations. The committee consists of three principals, three ADs and one person who represents the county coaches association.

All seven members attended Tuesday's hearing, the source said. The vote was not disclosed.

Herrick, Broadneck AD Ken Kazmarek, Anne Arundel athletic administrator Marlene Kelly and those involved with the case said that the Board of Education has ordered them not to speak publicly on the matter.

Michael Walsh, the Anne Arundel board spokesman, could not be reached to comment last night.

"Jeff [Herrick] is sick over this because the kid involved had very personal family problems and had moved in with a teammate thinking that there was nothing wrong because he had attended Broadneck schools since middle school," the source said.

"But in Anne Arundel County you must be living with a parent, parents or legal guardian in the district of the school you attend. Jeff was trying to do the right thing because the kid had been legally enrolled."

All those who participate in Anne Arundel County scholastic athletics must have their parents or legal guardian sign a consent form.

The parent of the player, who was a reserve, moved out of the Broadneck attendance area, and the student then moved in with a teammate without informing school officials.

The consent form states:

"If a student is attending a high school without the benefit of residing (with parents or legal guardian) within the school's attendance area and/or without special permission of the Office of Pupil Services, the student in question is subject to disciplinary action which could result in loss of athletic eligibility ... or penalties as may seem justified in the particular case."

The athlete's team and school will be penalized for not following MPSSAA regulations, according to the form.

Herrick told the team the news yesterday morning, the source said.

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