Football season hasn’t even started yet and Zanesville has already suffered two losses.
The OHSAA has suspend one Zanesville student athlete for six games for violating a recruitment rule. The student transferred from Maysville to Zanesville during last school year and will serve a six game suspension for violating one of the OHSAA bylaws.
Zanesville is appealing the decision, and as a result the school has been fined 200 dollars and a coach has been suspended for one game. this is according to a report given to the Zanesville Times Recorder by the OHSAA.
The following was presented in a release from OHSAA Director of Information Services Tim Stried:
"Zanesville High School had a student-athlete transfer from Zanesville Maysville High School during the 2013-14 school year. The Commissioner’s Office has determined that the student does not meet any of the enumerated exceptions to Bylaw 4-7-2, Transfers, and therefore will be ineligible for all contests in football until five regular season varsity contests have been completed in the 2014 season. In addition, the Commissioner’s Office has determined that the student-athlete in question has violated Bylaw 4-9-1, Recruiting, by attempting to influence other student-athletes to transfer to Zanesville. In accordance with Bylaw 11-1-2, Penalties, the Commissioner’s Office has ruled the student ineligible for six varsity football contests in the 2014 season, with the first give games of that penalty being served congruently with the original five-game penalty. Thus, the student will be ineligible for the first six regular season varsity contests.
In addition, the Commissioner’s Office has ruled that Zanesville’s football coach has violated Bylaw 4-9-1, Recruiting, and, in accordance with Bylaw 11-1-2, Penalties, the coach has been suspended from coaching the team for the first regular season contest of the 2014 season (he is permitted to coach practices but may not be involved in game-day coaching, may not be present in the locker room and may not travel to or from the contest with the team during the suspension). Additionally, Zanesville High School has been fined $200."