The TSSAA sent two investigators to meet with Signal Mountain High School administrators and football coaches Thursday to inquire about the eligibility of a student-athlete.
According to TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress, while the player’s residence changed from Georgia to Tennessee, the player did not move into Signal Mountain’s zone, potentially making him ineligible to participate in athletics for the Eagles.
Under Article III, Section 13 of the TSSAA’s eligibility handbook, if it is determined that Signal Mountain played an ineligible player, the program would be forced to vacate all six victories this season. Signal Mountain is currently 6-1 overall, 3-0 in District 7-AA and ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. If the Eagles vacate their wins, their new record would be 0-1 overall and 0-0 in the district.
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