TSSAA investigating Signal Mountain football program

TSSAA investigating Signal Mountain football program

October 6th, 2011 by Stephen Hargis in Sportspreps

In this file photo, a child talks to an adult through a fence just before the start of Signal Mountain's season opening home football game. The Eagles were the 2010 State Champions for their division.

Photo by Alex Washburn/Times Free Press.

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.

Check back for more on this developing story and read Friday's Times Free Press.

UPDATED: Tim McClendon named as player under investigation.