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Goose Creek petition gets over 2,000 supporters, legal action possible

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- In a 9-2 vote, the South Carolina High School League denied Goose Creek High School's appeal to be allowed to play in the state finals, and now there's a petition to reverse that ruling.

After the vote, the group convened into executive session to consider a plea of mercy. The group emerged from that meeting to rule 10-1 against Goose Creek, killing the school's hopes of making another run to the state finals.

The ruling comes after Goose Creek officials brought a transcript error to light. They say they discovered a player was ineligible after transcripts that had been misplaced from multiple relocations by the student were found and his records updated.

There were tears in his eyes as Goose Creek's Coach Reedy talked about the unidentified illegible player.

"On October 19th, we had an chance to play on ESPN. That young man had an opportunity to be on national TV. He'll remember that for the rest of his life," he said. "His life has changed. Has he helped us win any football games? No. Have we helped him, I'd like to think so."

Despite the prayers and pleas from Goose Creek officials, the SCHSL upheld their ruling to disqualify the Gators. Now, on a website called Change.org, there's a petition with over two thousand signatures asking the league to reconsider their decision.

"We're going to help this man. If we get rid of him, we can't help him," said Reedy. "I love winning football games. But, saving a young man is much more important to me."

Many supporters of the team say the players and students should not be punished for a mistake that was made by record keepers. Coach Reedy points the finger elsewhere.

"If you want to be angry, be angry with me," he said. "I'm the athletic director. Be mad at me."

You can find the petition supporting the Goose Creek Gators by clicking here.

At a press conference held by the school Thursday morning, Principal Jimmy Huskey clarified that the reason the league met behind closed doors was to protect the identity of the student in question.
 
For more on the press conference, click here.

 
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