The Rock Hill Herald reports today former Independence High School football player Dominique Walker was denied enrollment into South Pointe High School in S.C. Walker, who was (unfairly) hit with a 14 game suspension for ineligibility at the Big I last season, can’t play in S.C. as a result.
DeVonte Holloman, the all-world safety who is also seeking a transfer to South Pointe from Independence, has not officially been allowed to enroll either. Holloman’s parents are separated, and the school system is waiting for the divorce papers.
Both Walker and Holloman are honor roll students who are graduating after the fall so they can begin college early. Holloman has always lived in the right school district; Walker just wants one more chance to showcase his talents to colleges so he can get a scholarship. (Holloman is going to Clemson in the fall.)
What’s going on here? Good kids who just want an opportunity to play and yet because they went to Independence–and because Independence has had a stellar run of 9 years–they are being persecuted.
Enough is enough. Everyone has suffered because of the ineligibility probes. Let the kids play. Now.
**UPDATE: Jeff Taylor at the Meck Deck blog wonders this:
Bonus Observation: Maybe the reason one CMS HS has thus far avoided the full-on CMS inquisition on athletic eligibility is that one of its coaches is dating the daughter of an area super. Just a thought.
Don’t know what school he’s talking about, but if his info is true, it’s an interesting correlation.