Friday, May 4, 2012
Nationally ranked team vacates six wins
By Sheldon Shealer
Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.), ranked No. 20 in this week's POWERADE FAB 50, is vacating six wins for use of an ineligible player, the school's athletic director confirmed Friday to ESPNHS.
Bobby Alston, MUS athletic director, said a team member competed in non-sanctioned matches during the high school season, which is a violation of Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association rules.
Under TSSAA guidelines, the outcomes of these six matches are considered "vacated," which is different than forfeiting. MUS will subtract six wins from its season total. Meanwhile, the records of the six opponents will not change, according to the TSSAA.
It's been a difficult week all around for the MUS boys' soccer team as confirmation of the vacated results came on the heels of a loss that cost the team an undefeated season. MUS' official record will be 4-1-3 heading into this weekend's matches. MUS faces POWERADE FAB 50 No. 27 Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) in a clash of state title contenders next week. MUS handed Christian Brothers its only defeat this season, but that is one of the results MUS has vacated.
This is the final year that the TSSAA is using vacated results. Starting next school year, according to the TSSAA, it will return to counting such outcomes as forfeits, which will then affect the records of both teams involved in each outcome.