KATY, Texas (FOX 26) - The Katy High School Tigers football team could be disqualified from the Texas state football playoffs after "self-reporting" a possibly-ineligible player. The University Interscholastic League will conduct an emergency meeting regarding the matter on Thursday, as reported First on FOX.
The UIL posted an agenda for the meeting Thursday to discuss what at this point would be a possible violation of section 440 eligibility. The agenda says the following: "This emergency hearing is necessary because the outcome may impact upcoming playoff games."
A source tells FOX 26 News that the unspecified player's eligibility status may be in question because he is a "move in." Depending upon why he moved into the area, it could make him ineligible for varsity postseason play. FOX 26 has contacted the Katy Independent School District and head football coach Gary Joseph for clarification of the problem, but no one has responded.
Katy ISD released the following statement on Wednesday:
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.