The subject of transfers in high school football is one that won’t go away. Here in the month leading up to the start of the 2018 season, another transfer scandal came to light and Marietta High School was forced to forfeit its eight wins from the 2017 season.
The GHSA determined that the Blue Devils program used players last season that had not actually moved into the school district. The school admitted a “clerical” error and in addition to the forfeits was fined and the players in question ruled ineligible for the 2018 season.
One can debate the significance of forfeiting wins from a previous season. And one can debate just how painful a $1,500 fine will actually be. But there’s little debate in my mind that the players are the ones that are actually receiving the brunt of this punishment.
This is high school football. They will not get this season back. There are no redshirt seasons in high school football. The players in question are juniors. They have been ruled ineligible at all GHSA schools this season.