Quitman player cleared to participate
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 19, 2004 - The 17-2A executive committee cleared a Quitman varsity football player to participate last Friday after his residency eligibility issue was resolved.

According to committee chairman Gerald Gilbert, an additional meeting has not been planned and would not be scheduled concerning this issue.

Following a meeting on Oct. 6, the committee ruled that QISD would continue investigations to see if the one or two varsity players and/or their parents live within the QISD borders.

Gilbert said that QISD complied with the five items that were in question during the meeting and approval was given before Friday night's game against the Lone Oak Buffaloes. The player in question suited up and participated in the game.

"I have sent all of my information to all of the district superintendents through the mail, and they hopefully will receive it tomorrow," Gilbert said on Monday.

Greg Carpenter, the District 17-2A athletic chairman, said Quitman provided the information to Gilbert and then every superintendent was contacted over the phone except for superintendent Bryan Neal at Como-Pickton with coach Joe Ryzman receiving the call in place of Neal.

In September, two unsigned letters were sent to all District 17-2A school superintendents informing them of the eligibility issues, which involved at that time either one or two varsity football players.

According to a written statement by Bill Travis, superintendent at QISD, he believed the issue was not with the students residing in the district, but whether their parents live within the Quitman school district.

Carpenter said at that time that he did receive notice that a meeting would be taking place and that the Bulldogs sent a letter to the district superintendents after a allegation was made to the University Interscholastic League complaint division two weeks prior to the meeting.

According to a written letter Sept. 26, Travis confirmed he had been in talks with Ed Stidham at the University Interscholastic League Complaint Office on two occasions concerning this matter and requested the meeting in an attempt to clear the allegations.

The district standings have Quitman at 8-0 overall (4-0 in district), Edgewood at 6-1 and 3-0 in district play, Como-Pickton at 6-1 overall and 2-1 in district play, while Lone Oak is 2-5 and 1-2 in district play.

Grand Saline, Caddo Mills, and Alba-Golden round out the District 17-2A standings with three games remaining.

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