NC High School Loses Battle To Keep Playing Football

WNCN-TV is reporting Terry Sanford High School is out of the playoffs.

The station reports a judge ruled that the Fayetteville school's season is over.

Representatives of Terry Sanford High School were in court on Monday to argue that the team deserved the chance to continue its run in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs.

Terry Sanford's team was ruled ineligible by the athletic association after the discovery of problems with a player's credits and attendance. After the team was restored to the playoffs, Terry Sanford defeated Pine Forest 48-29.

(Copyright 2009 by WITN And Associated Press.)


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  • by bigdave Location: edenton on Nov 22, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    let the kids play. they do not make the rules. all these pople who try to make this rules are just for their self, or just don't no what football is all about.
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Nov 18, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    There is also another team that should have been in the playoffs but were not because Terry Sanford was allowed to play. That's not exactly fair to that team either.
  • by 3dk on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:43 PM
    what a disgrace. pine forest should play for sure. terry sanford officials should not only be fired but they should also reimburse all parties for this self- centered fiasco. taxpayers should not have to pay for people's ego.
  • by marie Location: grifton on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    the signs of the demise of our society...a 5 year old baby turned over to perverts...a mother who would rather indulge her self rather than put her child...sleeping in bed or a mother who would allow her child to be taken and tortured by demons, a high school is allowed to sue to pursue a championship title although a player violated all conference rules. a school system that would allow a team to waste the courts time.. the school should have stood firm ..no passing grades ,too many absences..alright you forfeit the right to play ... the team goes on w/out.. principal loses her job as she conspired to perpetuate his sorry but efforts to continue to play. have we lost our minds. i say shame to the school board who didnt stand firm on this issue. we all need to pray ..God isnot please w/us....as i read in a church bulletin...DONT MAKE ME COME DOWN THERE...GOD ...ya'll we better straighten UP. lets do the right thing.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    From what I understand, staff at Sanford were fully aware of this situation and they should be held accountable. Unfortunately there are probably many innocent kids being hurt by this but other kids were hurt by the cheating. They should never have been allowed to complete in the first round and the next team available should have taken their spot with reworked seedings. The first ruling that they could play in the first round was a real reach and a mistake. As a best solution at this point, Pine Forest should be allowed to compete next week just as if Sanford had forfitted the first round game.
  • by EDUCATION Location: BERTIE on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    It goes to show how far a school will go to play football, But are they going that far in the classroom? Football comes first in schools these day's. What's the GPA for the fooball players? Like most schools I bet half of the team does not have a 2.0 GPA. What College will they go to? What kind of future will those students have or does the school care just as long as they play football?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    PINE FOREST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT ROUND.
  • by footballmom Location: NC on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Terry Sanford should have never been allowed to play the first game in the playoffs. It is so unfair to Pine Forest High School. Nevertheless, there are alot of things that are unfair when it comes to playing sports.
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