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Goose Creek High School moving on after SCHSL ruling

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A lawyer (left) for Goose Creek High School arrives in Columbia to challenge the SCHSL ruling on Monday. Goose Creek Gators (Middle). Coach Chuck Reedy (Right) arrives for the hearing on Monday. A lawyer (left) for Goose Creek High School arrives in Columbia to challenge the SCHSL ruling on Monday. Goose Creek Gators (Middle). Coach Chuck Reedy (Right) arrives for the hearing on Monday.
Head Coach Chuck Reedy and Principal  Jimmy Huskey meet with the media on Tuesday Head Coach Chuck Reedy and Principal Jimmy Huskey meet with the media on Tuesday
Goose Creek alumni leave a message for the players at school Goose Creek alumni leave a message for the players at school
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -

Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey announced Tuesday afternoon that the school will take no further action following the South Carolina High School League vote on Monday to uphold their earlier decision to disqualify the school's football team.

Principal Jimmy Huskey said there was no other recourse in the legal system for the school.

"At this time, we feel it's best to move forward," said Huskey.

Gators head coach Chuck Reedy, who once again got very emotional during the press conference said "I have a difficult time being part of the SCHSL, they have no oversight and answer to nobody. We challenged it because it was wrong."

Reedy would go on to call the board "a bunch of puppets" saying "I never heard them say what was right for the kids"

When asked if the school got a fair hearing, Reedy said, "Hell no we didn't get a fair hearing." The coach also said "This is the best football team in the state bar none. They can't take that away from us" He noted that no team from the state of South Carolina has beaten them in the past 2 seasons. Despite the fact that the SCHSL strips the team of their wins this season he said he personally isn't recognizing that. "I'm not forfeiting anything" Reedy said. 

On Monday afternoon, the SCHSL voted 14-0 to uphold the league's previous ruling that a player on the school's football team was ineligible to play. Following that vote, committee members voted 12-2 to deny Goose Creek mercy thereby ending the football team's season.

Huskey said that their attorneys were amazed at the hearing on Monday since they felt within a minute in the meeting they knew they had no shot. Huskey said that he still believes 100% that the player in question is eligible.

In addition to the loss of games and being disqualified from the playoffs, Goose Creek also has to pay a fine to the league. The cost is set at $300 per game the ineligible player dressed for, which puts the price at $3300. Plus, the school must also pay for the SCHSL's expenses during the appeal process. Huskey estimated that would come out to about $5000 and said the total fine would probably come between $8 - 10K. That money will come from what the football team earned during the season. 

SCHSL commissioner Jerome Singleton ruled last week that Goose Creek had used an ineligible player and ended the football team's season by banning them from the playoffs. The next day, the SCHSL committee agreed with Singleton's decision.

Goose Creek lawyer Ken Harrell told the panel on Monday that the hearing was not adversarial,"We just want to make the right decision."

Harrell said that they were not here to rehash the decision from last week. Committee members asked specific and through questions regarding John Doe's enrollment and transfer eligibility rules.

The committee then voted 14-0 to uphold the league's previous ruling that John Doe was ineligible to play.

The school then asked for mercy. Reedy asked the committee to punish the school or punish him. Reedy told the panel that,"This doesn't have to be the death penalty."

"I promise you we did nothing wrong," Principal Huskey told the panel."I'm asking for mercy, I can deal with the fine."

The panel then denied mercy to the school voting 12-2 against reinstating the team's playoff run despite impassioned pleas from the school superintendent and coach.

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