Appeals Court Ends Krop High’s Hoop Dreams

MIAMI (CBS4) -The championship quest ended Wednesday for the basketball team of Miami’s Krop high school after the Third District court of Appeals ruled the judge who allowed them to enter the playoffs didn’t have the power to make that decision.

The Appeals court ruling erased a decision temporarily setting aside a ruling by the Florida High School Athletic Association which deemed the team ineligible to take part in the playoffs because school officials failed to file the proper paperwork for guard Brian Delancy, a student from the Bahamas.

The appeals court decision also lets stand a FHSAA ruling that every game in which Delancy played should be forfeited because of the paperwork problem, dropping the team’s standing from 20-3 to 1-22. It also means the school could face large fines if the state determines the school knowingly failed to file the necessary paperwork for Delancy.

“This is the second time in the past two weeks an individual tried to go through the local circuit court to circumvent issues regarding FHSAA rules and procedures,” said FHSAA executive director Roger Darling Wednesday in a written statement. “The FHSAA has these rules in place to ensure a fair and level playing field for all student-athletes across the state. The association now expects the principal, athletic director, coaches and student-athletes at Dr. Krop to abide by all rules and procedures regarding the FHSAA.”

The problems started for the school in December, after an anonymous letter raised questions about the right of Delancy to play for the school. A resident of the Bahamas in the country on a student visa, FHSAA rules require the school to notify them of his status.

After of an investigation, the association ruled the school had broken the rules, and said Delancy was not eligible to play. That decision forced the school to forfeit any game in which Delancy played, which meant the Krop team was no longer eligible to take part in the highs school basketball playoffs.

The decision ended up in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, where Judge Spencer Eig heard both sides and issued an order temporarily setting aside the state’s decision, which allowed Krop to play in the playoffs. The team won every game, and was set to play Miami in a quarterfinal game Thursday.

That matchup was scratched Wednesday, after an appeal by the state to the Third District Court of Appeals set aside Eig’s decision, saying the judge had no jurisdiction to make a ruling.

Now, Miami has been declared the winner and will advance to the next round in the regional semi-finals.

  • mlch

    FANTASTIC!!!!! They are so deserving and I hope the win the big one. There a VERY special place (a VERY hot place) for those evil people who tried to kill the dream of the kids who have worked so hard. There is an old saying, “God don’t like ugly!”

  • Putitdown

    America backwards as they want to be… The lil dude tryna do good for himself and his family and they want to mess wit the kid… Not like the kid out there sellin crack!!!

  • tom stedham

    So, the rule of law doesn’t apply in Miami?

    • Carol

      It certainly does this is still America and all rules should be followed no matter what the rule is.

  • Carol

    I am so sick and tired of these schools trying to pull tricks so they can win games if they can’t get the proper paperwork they are out of the old ball game and that is the way it should be no matter what.

    Before they got this boy they were not winning at all but after they got him they were so something doesn’t seem right at all.

    To me he looks a lot older than nineteen (19) and I mean much older so there to me is another problem.

    Now my old high school has a chance to win that sounds like a good idea to me.

  • carmen

    Carol, how selfish of you. Forget the fact that this kid has been playing all year long, now it becomes a problem now. Forget the fact that the entire team has to suffer. But it’s good that your loser team will now have a chance to win. Now he looks older than 19? Can you really tell someone’s exact age by looking at them? 17, 18, 19, 20, if so. please apply for the Olympics committee, so that China cannot use 13 year old gymnists.

  • sal

    Selfish?? No Carmen carol is just so way off base it’s not funny First krop has been to the states last year and the previous 2 years they made it all the way to the District final So winning is all they been doing for the last 3 years and now to take away their right to advance because of a technicality?? this is just so wrong on so many levels and is it not strange that somebody decided to wait until the end of the season to point out this ” technicality “

  • Intergrity Matters

    You can’t change the spots on a Leopard (Shakey Rodriguez). Shady. Rodriguez has always operated in the grey area since his days at Miami Senior in the 80’s. His motivation is simple, “Win at all Costs”, even if it means breaking rules. I Krop would have one the title this year, that’s all people would have remembered. Now that they have been caught, a few years from now when he’s at another school, most people will have forgotten about this year. The other players on that Krop team are the ones I feel badly about, especially the Seniors. Sad, Sad, Sad! “A clear consience is the softest pillow”! I would amagine that Shady’s pillow is made out of “Concrete”!

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