Updated: September 18, 2019 05:12 PM
Created: September 18, 2019 03:42 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — East High School football star Seven McGee's appeal to play football this season has been denied, East High's superintendent said on Wednesday.
McGee, one of the best high school football prospects in the state, had earlier been ruled ineligible to play due to issues with a transfer rule violation. McGee had transferred earlier this year to a top football school in California, but then came back to Rochester months later due to concerns about the environment and living conditions.
East High had filed the appeal, citing McGee's previous school and the unsafe living conditions in California.
"It is disappointing that Section V was not more understanding of Seven’s circumstances and his desire to return to his home community and school," said East High Superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms. "We do, however, respect the section’s need to be consistent with the standards that it uses to evaluate appeals."
Nelms said that their focus now is to ensure the best academic and athletic career for McGee going forward.
The full statement can be read below:
Today, East Athletics was notified that Seven McGee’s appeal for immediate eligibility to play football has been denied. Last week, on behalf of the East football student-athlete, we appealed to waive the normally-mandated transfer rule. This appeal was based on the alleged academic and athletic misconduct at Seven’s previous school and the unsafe living conditions in California, thus leading to his decision to return home to Rochester for a better environment. We are sad to report that the waiver has since been denied. It is disappointing that Section V was not more understanding of Seven’s circumstances and his desire to return to his home community and school. We do, however, respect the section’s need to be consistent with the standards that it uses to evaluate appeals. And, while we appreciate the current administration at Narbonne High (where Seven attended for less than 60 days) provided information for the appeal, they could not speak to the conditions that were present at the school under the previous administration. We worked diligently to make a case for hardship. As much as we believe that a waiver would have been just and that hardship and opportunity play out differently in various communities and populations, we recognize that Section V represents a large region and must consider many factors in its decisions. Looking ahead, it is unfortunate that Seven will miss his entire junior year of football, and while we have considered all options, it is best that we now help Seven and his teammates to accept the section’s decision and to move forward. Our priority is to focus on Seven and his remaining academic and athletic career and to support him through this difficult life experience.
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