By: Brian Rauf
The Goose Creek Gator football team is still out of the 4A-Division II state playoffs after a ruling from the South Carolina High School League Executive Committee. Goose Creek was appealing the original disqualification ruling stemming from a player eligibility issue.
The player in question transferred to Goose Creek from Berkeley over the summer, where he had repeated the 9th grade. When the transcript was transferred to Goose Creek, Gator officials claim it showed the player still had a year of eligibility left. However, when the transcript was checked for basketball eligibility, it was shown that the player had used up all of his eligibility. Goose Creek self-reported this to the SCHSL, saying they had no way of knowing the player had used up his eligibility up until that time.
The player appearing in seven games for the Gators, but according to Goose Creek head coach Chuck Reedy’s testimony, only played about 20 snaps at the end of games that were already decided.
Reedy, along with Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey and superintendent Rodney Thompson, sat in front of the SCHSL Executive Committee for 90 minutes tonight to make their case for being reinstated into the postseason.
After some deliberation, the committee voted 9-2 in favor of keeping Goose Creek disqualified. The Gator delegation appealed that ruling for ‘mercy’, essentially giving the committee another chance to change their minds. The committee deliberated for five more minutes before deciding on a 10-1 ruling upholding Goose Creek’s disqualification.
As a result, Conway will advance to the next round of the 4A D-II playoffs and will face Bluffton on Friday night. Conway had originally lost to the Gators 48-7 last week.
Huskey and Thompson both met with the media after the ruling adjourned. you can listen to their comments by clicking on the links below.
AUDIO: Goose Creek Principal Jimmy Huskey [0:20]
AUDIO: Goose Creek Superintendent Rodney Thompson [0:36]