What a mess. Grayson High School may have to vacate their football state championship. Last week, Atlanta station Fox 5, reported on the case of Grayson star running back, Kurt Taylor. Taylor was a Michigan commit on National Signing Day.
Fox 5 reported that Taylor’s father rented an apartment in the Grayson school district but still maintained a home in Covington, home of Newton High School. Taylor attended Newton but transferred to Grayson before the start of the season and played for the football team that won a state championship. According to reports, after football season, Taylor then transferred back to Newton High School to graduate with his friends.
Since the situation has aired on Fox 5, the GHSA now intends to investigate the story to verify Taylor’s eligibility. According to Steve Figueroa, GHSA Director of Media Relations, the governing body has opened up an investigation into the eligibility of the Grayson football player for the 2016-2017 season. Figueroa said, “We have informed Grayson that based on what was contained in that story we’re going to have to investigate that situation.”
If the GHSA determines that Taylor was not eligible due to residency requirements, Grayson may be forced to vacate its state championship. If that occurs, it’s unclear if state runner up, Roswell, will be declared champions or if the title will be officially recorded as vacated for the season.
This situation is the latest in a string of high profile mishaps involving the GHSA that lead to the early retirement/resignation of Executive Director Gary Phillips. Critics of the governing body will point to this latest case as further evidence that the organization is broken and needs to be replaced. They may have a point. Among the many questions surrounding this case and the GHSA, the primary question that detractors want to know is why did it take a news report after the season completed for the GHSA to investigate the eligibility of high profile players that transferred into one program right before the start of the season?
That’s a good question, GHSA. How do you respond? The clock is ticking and the Georgia General Assembly will be watching.