Posted: 1:54 pm Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
By Jeff Greer
Orlando-Dr. Phillips announced today that it would forfeit its entire 2010 football season after a full investigation by Orange County Public Schools revealed that Dr. Phillips had used a player living outside of its district. The FHSAA will accept the forfeits.
Dr. Phillips finished 14-1 last season, losing the Class 6A state title to Miami Central. Seminole Ridge lost to Dr. Phillips 38-28 in the regional final. The FHSAA’s investigation into Dr. Phillips started in the days leading up to the Seminole Ridge-Dr. Phillips game.
Seminole Ridge will be retroactively awarded a 1-0 victory over Dr. Phillips. However, Seminole Ridge will not be awarded a regional championship or any other accolades as per Policy 4.2 in the FHSAA’s rulebook, which states that all eliminations from state championship tournaments are final.
“That’s why I didn’t worry about it at the time,” Seminole Ridge head coach Matt Dickmann said. “Those investigations take too long. It doesn’t affect us at all. We already played the game and we lost.
“To me, it’s a moot point. That doesn’t help us move on to the next round or help the team they beat in the semifinals move on to the finals. It’s a moot point. I knew this going to happen. There are a lot of things I’m frustrated about. This stuff continues to go on, but there’s nothing we can do about that now. The season’s over.”
The Orlando Sentinel reported in November that the FHSAA had reopened its investigation into the residence of talented receiver Chris Gallon, who allegedly lived in Seminole County. He had transferred from Oviedo to Dr. Phillips before his senior season, and his transfer was red-flagged by the school district.
The Sentinel reported the school’s decision Wednesday morning, and Dr. Phillips Athletic Director John Magrino explained the school’s thinking process in an email to the Sentinel.
“We had received information that a player may have been living out of district,” Magrino wrote. “The information was turned over to OCPS [Orange County Public Schools], and after a full investigation, it was confirmed that the residential documentation provided by the family was not accurate.
“Because of this information, we followed FHSAA rules by self-reporting the results of this investigation and will be forfeiting all victories in football and men’s weightlifting in which the student-athlete participated.”