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Published: November 6, 2019


IN A PRECEDING TUESDAY, SEVERAL TENNESSEE FOOTBALL TEAMS WERE LEFT IN LIMBO, FOLLOWING A VOTE BY THE TENNESSEE SECONDARY SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION'S BOARD OF CONTROL.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA SOURCES, THE BOARD VOTED 6 TO 2 TO DENY FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL'S APPEAL REGARDING THE ELIGIBILITY OF A PLAYER ON THE TEAM.  DESPITE EFFORTS BY SCHOOL LEADERS INCLUDING AN INJUNCTION THAT WAS FILED, THE TEAM WILL NO LONGER BE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND WILL HAVE TO FORFEIT GAMES FROM THEIR UNDEFEATED SEASON.  ON OCTOBER 15TH THE TSSAA CONTACTED FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL REGARDING A COMPLAINT IN REFERENCE TO A STUDENT'S ELIGIBILITY STATUS, A STUDENT WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER AS ELIGIBLE BY THE TSSAA. THE RULING IN THE MATTER STATED THAT SINCE FAYETTEVILLE DID TO PROVIDE BUSING TO THE STUDENT'S ADDRESS, THE STUDENT WAS INELIGIBLE.