Goose Creek (S.C.)
will not have a chance to defend its Class 4A-II state title.
That's because the Gators, ranked No. 13 in the Xcellent 25
, were disqualified from the playoffs
by the South Carolina High School League, according to Philip M. Bowman of The Post and Courier
At least, that is the ruling for now. These decisions and discoveries midway through the playoffs often take time to unravel.
The reason for the disqualification has not yet been given, though the buzz around the state is that it used an ineligible player. And there's been a lot of that going on.
Goose Creek (12-0) was having a remarkable season. After a 48-7 victory over Conway, it was set to take on 11-1 Bluffton. It now appears that Conway will advance in the 4A-II bracket
to play Bluffton.
Judging from their reaction Twitter, it appears that Goose Creek players were stunned by the news.
"Everybody, I have no idea what's going on," Goose Creek star senior Tramel Terry
The SCHSL heard an appeal on Wednesday evening. According to the Post and Courier
, the team's appeal was unsuccessful.
The news comes just days after Byrnes received an eligibility scare
and rumors swirled that the Rebels may be disqualified from the playoffs. Indeed Byrnes had to forfeit a game for dressing an ineligible player who didn't participate in a regular season game against rival Dorman. But the Rebels still remain in the playoffs
Another South Carolina team, Lower Richmond, wasn't so fortunate
. It was ousted from the Class AAA playoffs for using an ineligible player the entire season. According to reports, a new administration didn't realize a new player had transferred in and the proper paperwork wasn't filled out. He was a starter.
Also, last week in Ohio, a pair of temporary restraining orders
from judges sent the football playoffs sideways for a couple days before it all got resolved.
Don't be surprised if similar measures are sought in this case. Stay tuned.