Due to an administrative oversight that led to the use of an ineligible player, Osseo High School has had to forfeit its first two varsity football games of the 2012 season.
“I take full responsibility for the error,” said Osseo High activities director Ray Kirch in a statement. “As soon as we discovered the violation, I informed the Minnesota State High School League. We have double-checked our documentation and discovered that we had used an ineligible player in our first two games.”
Osseo had non-conference wins over Centennial and Maple Grove Aug. 30 and Sept. 7. MSHSL officials concurred that the forfeiture penalty as identified in By-Law 111.00 must be imposed.
“Our football players have had a great season thus far, and an error on my part should not take away from what they have accomplished on the field,” said Kirch. “I just hope that by dealing with this unfortunate situation, it will allow our team to finish their regular season on a high note and get ready for the section playoffs. We are committed to following the rules and bylaws set forth by the MSHSL’s Board of Directors, and we regret our mistake resulted in a violation. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this situation won’t occur again.”
Osseo was 5-0 after the first five contests. Their record now stands as 3-2 with three conference games remaining against Park Center, Elk River and Totino Grace.
Data privacy issues prevent identification of the ineligible player and no further information about that player will be released.