Decision due on reinstatement of Douglass football title

High Schools

December 08, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD

An eight-member appeals committee is expected to decide today or tomorrow whether to reinstate the Douglass football team's first winning season in more than a decade.

Baltimore City school board officials determined that a Douglass football player was academically ineligible, resulting in the forfeiture of this fall's nine-win season, a Baltimore City Division II title and the Ducks' first-ever playoff berth.

Douglass principal Isabelle Grant and athletic director Mary Hughee have said they have records and documentation that show the student was eligible. Yesterday, they appeared before a committee organized by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, along with coach Joe Holland and a teacher who taught the student.

Although Grant maintained the student's athletic eligibility upon emerging from the hourlong session, she would not comment further.

MPSSAA director Ned Sparks, who would not comment on the specifics of the meeting and is not a member of the committee, said the committee would inform the Ducks of its decision "by fax or e-mail."

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