High School League committee rejects proposals, including those made by Berkeley County

The executive committee of the S.C. High School League has rejected proposals made by the Berkeley County School District in the wake of the Goose Creek football controversy.

The committee voted Tuesday not to recommend rule changes proposed by Berkeley County after the Gators were denied the chance to defend their state title because of an ineligible player.

The committee’s vote does not prevent the proposals from being approved by the SCHSL membership in March. But it does make it less likely that the changes will be adopted, said Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey.

“A lot of times, amendments they don’t recommend won’t make it through,” Huskey said. “Sometimes they will, but not too often.”

After the outrage and court appeals sparked by the Goose Creek situation last year, Berkeley County officials proposed two amendments to the SCHSL constitution.

The first addressed the makeup of the 18-member executive committee, of which Huskey is the only member from the Lowcountry.

The proposed change would have allowed up to three at-large members to be appointed to ensure “gender, ethnic and geographic representatives.” Current rules allow only for “gender and ethnic representatives.”

That idea was voted down by 12-4, Huskey said.

Berkeley County’s second amendment would establish four levels of violations, along with corresponding penalties, and distinguish between violations that are self-reported or provide a competitive advantage. That idea also was rejected, though the vote total was not available.

The executive committee also is not recommending two proposals seemingly targeted at private and/or magnet schools that play in the SCHSL, such as Lowcountry schools Bishop England and Academic Magnet.

A proposal from Branchville High School to kick non-public schools out of the SCHSL was voted down by the committee.

Also rejected was an idea from Spartanburg County to force schools such as Academic Magnet and Bishop England, which have countywide or controlled enrollments, to compete in separate state championship playoffs.

For more, see Thursday’s Post and Courier.

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