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TSSAA finds no issue with FHS eligibility


Sources looking to expose an alleged ineligible Farragut High School student/athlete, with information given to Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, hit a dry well.

Matthew Gillespie, a TSSAA assistant executive director, said “information had been submitted” to executive director Richard Childress “regarding a possible ineligible athlete at Farragut.”

Confirming the issue involved zoning — Knox County Schools requires students to attend the public high school “zoned” for where they live — Gillespie added that TSSAA simply has no jurisdiction in the matter, unless it involves transferring from one high school to another.

“We have checked it out, and the student-athlete in question is eligible,” adding the student “may be living out of zone, based on zones in Knox County … When you have no previous athletic record at the high school level, as long as you’re living at home with a parent, which is this case … then they’re eligible.”


Seth Smith, FHS athletic director, said, “At Farragut High School, we adhere to all TSSAA rules and guidelines and follow all the Knox County guidelines.”

 

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