UIL looking into possible eligibility violations by Katy HS football team

KATY, TX (KTRK) -- The UIL has scheduled an emergency hearing set for Thursday concerning possible eligibility violations by Katy High School's football team.

Eyewitness Sports Reporter David Nuno has learned that it involves a player who transferred during the season from another Katy-area school. The playoff eligibility of that player is what's in question.

The player came into Katy's blowout win over Friendswood last weekend when the Tigers were up 66-0.

During the regular season, players who transfer have to wait 14 days to play. It's unclear what impact the transfer rules have on the playoffs.

According to the emergency hearing announcement, the UIL committee is looking into whether all the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules have been met. The meeting is schedule for 10:05am in Austin.

Katy is a high school football powerhouse, having won 7 state titles, including 3 under head coach Gary Joseph. They're scheduled to play Manvel in the next round of the playoffs this weekend.

If it's determined that Katy violated eligibility rules, punishment could range from a public reprimand, suspensions for players and/or personnel or the forfeiture of games.

Katy ISD statement on possible eligibility violations

    On December 1, Katy ISD's Athletic Department discovered the possibility of an ineligible student participating on the Katy High School football team. The student who was already enrolled in another Katy ISD high school, recently moved to the Katy High School attendance zone. All verification steps were taken and all proper forms were completed by the student's parent and staff during this process. It is a matter of the student's timeline of enrollment in the school that is in question and will be reviewed by the UIL State Executive Committee. Since being enrolled at Katy High School, the student has participated in one game against Friendswood ISD on November 27, 2015. Katy ISD's Athletic Department has self-reported this incident to the UIL and a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow, December 3.

    This is all the information the District is able to provide at this time due to the pending hearing.

We're following this breaking story and will have the very latest coming up on Eyewitness New throughout the afternoon.
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