Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Against OSSAA

Oct 2, 2013

Former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer speaking during a press conference announcing an interim study to investigate some of the practices and procedures used by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association in responding to complaints and handling student appeals.
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives / YouTube

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says an association that governs high school sports in Oklahoma acted in an "arbitrary and capricious manner" in interpreting and enforcing its rules.

In a 7-2 decision Tuesday, the state's highest court sided with a former high school athlete and ruled that the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association imposed penalties and sanctions for which there was no authorization in its rules.

OSSAA's Executive Director Ed Sheakley said the association was reviewing the opinion and declined to comment.

Brayden Scott, the former starting quarterback at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, had sued the OSSAA over sanctions imposed over an alleged violation of OSSAA rules on attending athletic camps. The court also overturned any monetary penalties imposed on the player or the school.  


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