September 12, 2011

Dunbar HS forfeits next two league games 

Coach found in violation of District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR 2702.1)

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District of Columbia Public Schools has announced that the Dunbar High School football team will forfeit its next two league games and Dunbar’s head varsity football coach, Ashaa Cherry, has been removed from his position effective immediately.

The decision follows a fight among football players from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., and Dunbar High School in Baltimore during a Sept. 3 game between the two schools at Morgan State University. During the game, which ended early as a result of the fight, Coach Cherry played three students who were not eligible to play, in violation of District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR 2702.1). The three students were identified by Dunbar High School administrators as academically ineligible prior to the start of the football season and their names were not submitted for eligibility to the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) for approval.

As a result of the fight, Dunbar will forfeit its first league game (Oct. 7 versus Bell Multicultural High School, part of the Columbia Heights Education Campus). As a result of playing ineligible players, Dunbar will forfeit its second league game (Oct. 14 versus Cardozo High School).

DCMR 2702.1 states: “A school officer or coach who knowingly allows an ineligible student to participate in an interscholastic athletic program or contest shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to LEA regulation, policy or procedure.”

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