The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


August 29, 2013

Broken Arrow placed on 'warning' status

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. —  Broken Arrow’s football and track teams have been placed on “warning” status for the 2013-2014 school year and several coaches and administrators have been suspended or reassigned because both teams played with an ineligible athlete last season.

Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall, a former Enid quarterback, told radio station KRMG the student-athlete in question repeated the 8th grade in another district and participated in athletics while repeating the grade. That made him ineligible for his senior year.

Ken Ellett, the district’s executive director of athletics, was suspended from any duties that involve any oversight of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association student-athlete eligibility process for the district. His title for 2013-14 will be Executive Director of Athletic Operations.

Head football coach Steve Spavital was removed as assistant athletic director and will not be allowed in oversight of the district’s student-athlete process. His title was changed to Coordinator of Football Operations and he is no longer be considered an administrator in the school district.

Assistant coach Brad Farrow was suspended from all coaching duties in the spring for the 2013-14 school year. Mendenhall said Farrow must be reinstated by the OSSAA’s board of directors before he can resume coaching duties in the district.

The OSSAA Board of Directors could impose additional penalties when they meet on Sept. 11.

School district officials became aware of the possible violation in June and notified the OSSAA. Officials also began an internal investigation of district athletic records and processes.

The district will forfeit two 2012 season football games and five track meets from the 2012-2013 season.

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