CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In an effort to survive, members of the South Carolina High School League met in Charleston over the weekend and voted to update their constitution, hoping the changes would be enough to prevent state lawmakers from taking over.
The organization has been under close watch since their decision a few months ago to disqualify the defending state football champions, the Goose Creek Gators.
The league approved lawmakers' requests to have different levels of violations and penalties. Goose Creek Football Coach Chuck Reedy explained the new legislation by saying "teams will no longer get the death penalty for something like a speeding ticket."
Changes were also made to the appeal process. Now, if a ruling is appealed, it first goes to the commissioner. If a group appeals the commissioner's decision, it will then go through the executive board before ending a new last step – a committee who will evaluate appeals.
"I fear, as a region, that if we do not support this as it is, we will no longer exist as a league," said Sonya Bryant, principal of Laurens District 55 High School.
League members hope the changes will be enough to keep lawmakers from shutting them down.