OSSAA closes investigation of SHS
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association closed its investigation into Sequoyah High School athletics on Feb. 6, choosing to issue no further sanctions against the school’s athletic programs.
The OSSAA board unanimously accepted an internal audit compiled by Sequoyah officials. 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,” SHS Superintendent Leroy Qualls said. “I think the cloud has lifted at Sequoyah High School now that this investigation is over, and we are grateful our school and students can move forward.”
OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley said throughout the process Qualls and Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden had done nothing but cooperate with the investigation.
“You can see in their report everything was not pretty, but they are making changes and do want to be a good member, putting policies and procedures in place,” Sheakley said.
SHS was found to have violated OSSAA rules and regulations regarding student athlete eligibility, resulting in the forfeiture of the entire 2012 football season as well as individual student play for many of Sequoyah’s gifted athletes. OSSAA found the violations went back several years.
ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎤᏔᏅ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ – ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᏅ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗᏕᎬ ᏏᏉᏯ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎧᎸᎵ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ, ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏒ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏗᏗᏜᏴ ᏓᏂᎪᎸᏰᏍᎬ ᎡᏍᎩ ᏳᏅᏁᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
ᎾᎿ OSSAA ᎠᏂᏅ ᏗᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏚᎾᏓᏂᎸᏨ ᏂᎦᎥ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᏂᏙᎲ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎸ ᏂᏕᎬᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏚᏂᏟᏌᏅ ᏏᏉᏲᎢ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏛ ᎾᏞᎬ ᏗᎳᏏᏙ ᏕᎦᏁᏟᏴᏒ, ᎤᏙᎯᏳᏒ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏱᏚᏃᏪᎳᏂᏢ, ᎠᎾᏚᏓᎸᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏘᏂᏙ ᏧᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏂᏕᎬᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.
“ᎣᎦᏑᏰᏌ ᎣᎦᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᏚᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᏗᎩᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ, ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏘᏂᏙᎯ, ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ, ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ,” SHS ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ Leroy Qualls ᎤᏛᏅ. “ᎨᎵᎠ ᎤᎶᎩᎸ ᎤᎵᏌᎳᏓᏂ Ꮎ ᏏᏉᏲ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏃᏊ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᎪᎵᏰᎢᏙᎲ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏓᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏦᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎢᎬᏯ ᎠᎦᏘ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗᎢ.”
OSSAA ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ ᏗᏎᎮᎯ Ed Sheakley ᎤᏛᏅ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏚᏟᎢᎵᏙᎸ Qualls ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᏎᎮᎵᏙ Marcus Crittenden ᏄᏓᏅᏘᏴ ᎠᎾᏬᎯᎵᏴᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᏂᏙᎯ.
“ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ Ꮭ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏓᏂᏁᏟᏴᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᏚᎵ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Sheakly.
SHS ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᎡᏍᎦ ᎤᏃᎰᏒ ᎾᎿ OSSAA ᏧᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᎳᏏᏙᏗᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎲ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ Ꮭ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᏓ Ꮭ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎤᏠᏯᏊ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᎲ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏁᎶᏗ. OSSAA ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎡᏍᎦ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ.