The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is investigating the possible ineligibility of a current player on Station Camp High School’s football team. According to source at Gallatin High School, Sevayus Robb, now a junior at Station Camp played his sophomore year at Gallatin a year ago. After the completion of the 2012-13 school year Robb transferred to Station Camp during the summer.
“Sevayus enrolled in school here this summer and just like any other transfer, a letter was submitted to the TSSAA," Station Camp Head Coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. "We received word that he was eligible to play as of Aug 9. So I don’t know what all the hubbub is about."
According the TSSAA Handbook, Section 11 states, “A transfer student is any student changing schools for any reason other than having completed the highest, or terminal, grade at another school. A student who must change schools because he/she has completed the highest grade at his/her previous school is not considered a transfer student and is eligible to participate in athletics at any school he/she attends, without further approval, provided he/she satisfies the residence requirement.”
Those requirements include:
a. The student is moving to a boarding school and has no athletic record the previous twelve months in any sport;
b. The student is moving as a direct result of the dissolution of the student's home due to death;
c. The student is moving as a direct result of the divorce of the student's parents; or
d. The student is moving as a direct result of the separation of the student's parents, provided a complaint or petition for absolute divorce has been filed with a court having jurisdiction to grant the divorce.
In email sent to Matthew Gillespie, Assistant Director of the TSSAA regarding the eligibility of Robb, Gillespie responded, “We are looking into the situation but no final determination has been made. The (Station Camp) administration is cooperating 100% as we get the questions answered that are needed to make an informed decision based on the Bylaws.”
Robb has played in each of the first seven games for the Bison. Station Camp was informed Friday that the TSSAA was looking into the eligibility of Robb and disallowed him any game time against the Memphis based Brighton Cardinals.
The investigation comes on the heels of the Oct. 10 TSSAA ruling which revealed that Chattanooga Tyner had played an ineligible player for a span of four games. If deemed ineligible, the Bison would forfeit each game in which Robb played. Additionally, a $200 fine would be incurred for each of the vacated games.
UPDATE: In an email sent to TSSAA Director Bernard Childress regarding Station Camp Wednesday afternoon, he responded Thursday morning, "Still waiting for Station Camp to give us some requested documentation. Hopefully, we will get it today."
UPDATE: According to the TSSAA, the Station Camp Bison have been cleared and will not receive any penalties related to this matter. Childress said, "The administration at Station Camp High School were very cooperative and provided our staff with the information and individuals we needed to interview. That cooperation allowed TSSAA to make an informed decision based on the Bylaws."
Station Camp Principal Art Crook said, "From a principal's desk, we appreciate the fact that the TSSAA gave us an opportunity to give them as much information that we could provide regarding the complaint levied against us."
The TSSAA met with Bison Coaching staff members, during their Wednesday meeting at Station Camp. Athletic Director Mike Hayes said, "Eligibility was reinstated. Everything else is good. There really isn't much more than that. It is pretty cut and dry."
Questions were asked to Bison coaching staff members regarding proper procedures. "The TSSAA just wanted to know that we were doing everything the right way," Hayes said.
Station Camp has been cleared and may return to everyday operation. "We worked hard to gather information that would prove residency and we were able to do that."