Krop High's boys basketball squad-- already a district champion and a favorite to win state-- has been booted from the playoffs. This time, it appears, for good.
An appeals court today reversed a judge's earlier decision to allow the team to play. Dr. Michael Krop High was barreling through the playoffs despite the Florida High School Athletic Association's ruling that a player on the team, Brian Delancy, was ineligible due to a failure to file immigration paperwork.
The school's spot in the 6A bracket will be vacated, and Miami Senior High will get a first-round bye. The appeals court's decision saves Miami-Dade from another stripped championship. "This is a good day for coaches and student-athletes who play by the rules," FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing wrote in a statement. "Doing what's right pays off."
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But the saga isn't over yet. Krop High could face six-figure fines if it's revealed that its administrators knowingly broke the rules. And we have evidence that they did, which we'll be publishing tomorrow.
We've embedded today's court ruling below.