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Carroll High School boys' basketball record flips overnight after eligibility violation

Carroll High School finished third at the Dothan Hoops Classic. Now, many of the team's wins this season have been forfeited.
Carroll High School finished third at the Dothan Hoops Classic. Now, many of the team's wins this season have been forfeited.(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:12 PM CST
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The Carroll High School boys’ basketball team's record flipped upside-down overnight.

The eligibility of one athlete is causing the entire team to suffer the consequences.

A sophomore on the team broke the Bona Fide Move Rule.

In order for a player to be eligible, a move has to meet certain requirements to qualify as quote "bona fide".

The school self-reported the issue, and is now fighting The Alabama High School Athletic Association's decision.

The Carroll Eagles put on quite a performance at the Dothan Hoops Classic, finishing third.

The only problem - one of those players technically shouldn't have been on the court due to the Bona Fide Move Rule.

"The intent is to prevent student athletes from bouncing from school to school to school to school," said Ozark City Schools Superintendent Rick McInturf.

Carroll had one athlete 'bounce' from Dothan High over the summer.

The student lives with his father in Ozark and meets all the requirements for enrollment, but the Alabama High School Athletic Association has some extra criteria.

"We were in compliance with most sections of the rule, but there is one section that says specifically, that when a student moves, all principle members of the family must reside together in the new residence,” said McInturf.

Superintendent McInturf said the district was under the impression the mother would be moving up to Ozark with the student over the summer.

When they discovered that was not the case, during the Dothan Hoops Classic, the district reported it to the AHSAA.

The AHSAA is making the athlete sit out the same amount of games he played in.

"Worst case scenario is August the 12th of next year,” said McInturf. “At that point the clock starts on his 20 game restitution."

That 'clock' could start sooner, this season in fact, if the move becomes bona fide.

That would require the mother to move to Ozark or the parents get officially divorced.

The AHSAA is also making the team forfeit all the games he played in, turning their record from 20-6 to 3-23.

The district, somewhat conveniently, learned about the eligibility issue before area play started.

"Our area schedule, area record, post-season play, all of that are still intact,” said McInturf. “If there is a silver lining to this, that's one."

WTVY reached out to Ron Ingram at the AHSAA for some additional information about the decision.

He said a little about the rule, but said he couldn't talk about any individual cases.

Ozark City Schools has submitted an appeal to the AHSAA.

The district's position is that the student's move had to do with his family situation, rather than for the basketball program.

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