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February 6, 2013

Sequoyah investigation by OSSAA comes to end

OKLAHOMA CITY —The Oklahoma Secondary School  Activities Association closed its investigation into Sequoyah High School athletics Wednesday, choosing to issue no further sanctions against the school’s athletic programs.

The OSSAA board unanimously approved during its February meeting to accept an internal audit compiled by Sequoyah. The audit included recent policy changes, such as ensuring student athletes complete the correct forms upon enrollment, guaranteeing all coaches are trained on athletic rules, as well as other preventive measures.

“We choose to be a member of the association and understand we must follow their rules, as do our coaches, parents, students and community,” Sequoyah superintendent Leroy Qualls said. adding he “think(s) the cloud has lifted at Sequoyah High School now that this investigation is over.”

Athletes who were found in violation of residence eligibility will sit out individual games, and students who attended summer camps paid by the school are on payment plans to repay funds by May 2014.

OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley said the current administration’s report “was not pretty, but they are making changes and do want to be a good member, putting policies and procedures in place.”

Previous school administrators who were found to have violated OSSAA’s rules and regulations regarding student athlete eligibility over multiple years are no longer working at Sequoyah, including former football coach Brent Scott, associate athletic director Dale Miller and athletic director/basketball/softball coach Larry Grigg.

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