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DoCo schools explains Dougherty ineligible player ruling

Jack Willis is the Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Jack Willis is the Assistant Superintendent of Support Services
Hudson's family will prepare an appeal. Hudson's family will prepare an appeal.
Hudson (left) and Harrell) are trying to get Hudson back into a basketball uniform Hudson (left) and Harrell) are trying to get Hudson back into a basketball uniform
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The GHSA ruled junior guard Dontavious Hudson ineligible last week.

Since the ruling, Hudson's family has been fighting the Dougherty County School System who conducted the investigation and gave the report the GHSA used in its ruling.

The problem came when Hudson's mother Tomeka Harrell, who is his legal guardian, reported she moved from a home zoned to Dougherty High to a home zoned to Albany High. 

Hudson reported he remained in the correct zone, but the GHSA rules go by where the legal guardian resides, making Hudson ineligible.

"When the guardian is not living in that school district," said Jack Willis, DCSS Assistant Superintendent of Support Services. "Then he is out of zone, and then we have to report that to GHSA."

Willis says his team was tipped off by an anonymous letter to conduct the investigation. In his 3 years in his role, this has been a recurring issue.

"The things that schools compete with each other in," said Willis. "They want the eligible in several different categories as far as grads, as far as being on track for graduation, as far as residence is concerned. Residence seems to be the biggest challenge."

Willis says the investigation cleared Dougherty High of any wrongdoing. However, the school was still fined $750 and forced to forfeit sixteen games for competing with an ineligible player.  

And as far as an appeal, Willis wishes the best for Hudson, but says the school system will have no hand in it.

"If the family wants to go through Dougherty High school to do that, then they have the option to do that."

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