Quitman players will sit out until matter is resolved
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 7, 2004 - GRAND SALINE - The verdict is in and everything will stay as it currently is in District 17-2A pending further investigation into the eligibility of two Quitman athletes after the district executive committee met Wednesday morning at Grand Saline Middle School.

Quitman superintendent Bill Travis called a closed session on the grounds that the students' personal records would be discussed during the meeting.

After two hours of talks between the district superintendents, the committee ruled unanimously that Quitman ISD will continue its investigation into residential eligibility regarding the two Bulldog football players and/or their parents.

Allegations of residential eligibility were brought up in two unsigned letters sent to each of the district's superintendents and to the University Interscholastic League.

As of Sept. 24, neither of the players involved in the allegations are scheduled to play until the matter is settled and the investigation is over.

Quitman head football coach Rick Porter said that the athletes in question would not suit out until all paperwork was sent in and the matter was resolved.

If found in violation of UIL rules regarding eligibility, the Bulldogs could be forced to forfeit the games in which the players participated. Currently, Quitman leads the district with a 2-0 record (6-0 overall).

The schools and representatives that were at the meeting were Como-Pickton principal Randell Wellman in place of superintendent Bryan Neal, who was out of town on business, Edgewood's Jack Shellnut, Caddo Mills' Vicki Payne, and Alba-Golden's Bill Stewart, Lone Oak's Eddie White, Quitman superintendent Bill Travis, Quitman principal Tony Gilbreath, and District 17-2A chairman Gerald Gilbert from Grand Saline.

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