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Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions

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School officials have confirmed to CrescentCitySports.com that the LHSAA has ruled that Brother Martin must forfeit its first five victories of the season after a routine examination of eligibility paperwork revealed that a Crusader player who had participated in the first five games of the season was academically ineligible while a second student-athlete’s eligibility was also in question.

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Brother Martin school leadership is questioning the LHSAA assessment and is making an emergency appeal of the ruling, saying the eligibility standard the school has applied for decades would make the student-athlete in question eligible.

If the ruling stands, the primary player in question, a junior, would be ineligible for the remainder of the 2021 season and for the first five games of the 2022 season.

While the LHSAA found one potential discrepancy, upon utilizing LHSAA standards, Brother Martin then turned in a second name in question regarding academic eligibility.

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If the ruling stands, Brother Martin would fall from second in the Division I power ratings, most likely to 11th with others moving up and teams that lost on the field to Brother Martin, including East Ascension, Jesuit, St. Augustine, Rummel and Shaw would be awarded victories while opponents of the Crusaders would lose power points as a result of the wins turning into losses.

Reached by Crescent City Sports, Brother Martin principal Ryan Gallagher, the Class 5A member of the LHSAA Executive Committee, expressed the school’s position that the student-athlete in question is eligible, based on its school interpretation of academic qualifications, while Crusaders Coach Mark Bonis also weighed in on the matter.

Ryan Gallagher’s statement “Last week, the LHSAA sent a member of its compliance staff to school – as it does two to three times every year – to verify our rosters for fall sports to ensure that our students are registered properly with the LHSAA, that all paperwork has been submitted, and that all participating students are academically eligible.

While looking through our student files last week, the compliance staff member brought to our attention that, in his interpretation of the academic eligibility rule, one of our student-athlete’s academic performance in the 2020-2021 school year made him academically ineligible for the first semester of this school year. We were shocked to learn of this because we’ve calculated eligibility in the same consistent manner every year. We go through compliance checks multiple times each year, and in every other instance we have been green lighted by the LHSAA regarding the manner in which we compute academic eligibility. We have never had an issue or discrepancy in this area. Every compliance staff member who has visited school has never brought this to our attention. We’ve always been told that all of our student-athletes are in good academic standing.

However, as soon as the compliance officer notified us of his interpretation, we started to work with the LHSAA on this issue. In fact, we re-computed our eligibility report in the way that the LHSAA told us that they interpret the rule, and we found one other student in our school who would also be deemed academically ineligible using the LHSAA’s interpretation, and we then self-reported that student to the LHSAA office.

We were trying to hide nothing, and we did not neglect any clerical work. We computed academic eligibility on all of our students consistently and have been operating in good faith and what we believe to be the spirit of the academic eligibility rule. In no way was this intentional; in fact, our standards for academic eligibility are the highest that they can possibly be. Our Summer Credit Recovery program is not designed in the same manner as traditional Summer School programs, which can be less stringent academically in terms of replacing failing grades. Partially due to our long-standing interpretation of the academic eligibility rule, we adopted Credit Recovery over Summer School a number of years ago. If we used the traditional Summer School model combined with the LHSAA’s interpretation of the academic eligibility rule, both of these student-athletes would be academically eligible.

As a result of all of this, the LHSAA has notified us that at the moment we must forfeit our first 5 victories of the season and that our two student-athletes are academically ineligible and will be suspended from play possibly into next season.

We are disappointed for our football team and for our school community.
Fortunately, we are still the same program with the same young men who have run out to an undefeated season. All of the tangible goals that this team has in its sights are still attainable. Our goal to win the state championship is still very much within our grasp. Our road will probably be tougher, but these young men under the leadership of Mark Bonis and his staff will find a way to overcome obstacles just as they always have.

We are currently exploring all of our options as it pertains to the appeals process as we advocate for our students, and we are working with the LHSAA in this regard. As of this morning, we have requested an Emergency Appeal Hearing, and we are hopeful that this request will be granted.

Brother Martin High School has been following a consistent way to determine eligibility which was approved in previous years by LHSAA compliance staff members as they made their annual reviews. Hopefully, our attempt at the appeal process will produce a more favorable outcome.

Regardless of the outcome, we are going to do everything within our control to take care of our students at Brother Martin.”

Mark Bonis’s statement “Obviously at this time, I hurt deeply for all of our players, support staff, and coaches of the 2021 football team. I can assure you that our players, my staff, and I will forge ahead with a new vigor of living the principles that are at the foundation of our football program. With all of the things that have happened to me personally over the last three years, one thing that I have learned is to be truly thankful for both blessings and adversity. As a man of faith, I believe with the right approach that success can arise in the face of adversity. Regardless of the outcome, I look forward to the opportunity that our young men have to showcase their God-given gifts of resiliency and toughness.”


lsupride87
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
The LHSAA is ridiculous. But what can you expect from something in Louisiana


Richard Headley
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
Still waiting on an LHSAA representative to visit my in-laws house to certify a bona-fide move from Sterlington to Neville since 2005.

These guys seem to look for things as if they are tipped off to where they should go.

I'm sure Karr has never had a transgression, amirite?

They randomly find a kid at Brother Martin who didn't meet a standard set up by his own schools summer credit program that was more strenuous than the states own. Aaaaannd he is punished along with the school.

SMDH.


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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
It already would've been done by now had Ponchatoula played and beaten Brother Martin.


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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
That sucks...

This would've been BM's year as well...

A Catholic/BM state championship would be epic. However, with the LSHAA's watered down system, they will still make the playoffs and get to state.

Bonis should contact JT and get some pointers...
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
You hate to see it


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mattz1122
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Oh brother


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busbeepbeep
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
LINK /

WGNO article

apparently there was a rule change to how summer school credits applied to eligibility
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sta4ever
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That’ll be a big boost for EA


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WPBTiger
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
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A Catholic/BM state championship would be epic.


Depending on the brackets, they may have to beat Jesuit again to make it that far.


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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
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Depending on the brackets, they may have to beat Jesuit again to make it that far.



Hell, depending on where Brother Martin ends up seeded now, Catholic or Jesuit could be playing them in the quarterfinals.


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nicholastiger
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
Bonine has no clue

That just means CHS will play Brother Martin earlier in playoffs


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lionward2014
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
LHSAA is so stupid, all this does is hurt the kids on the team with no control over the situation. Have some time of fine or strike system in place, but don't punish the kids for the actions of the adults.


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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
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It already would've been done by now had Ponchatoula played and beaten Brother Martin.


Why would that have made a difference?


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teke184
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So… they will still make the playoffs but will wreck the day of whatever team plays them in the second round.


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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
Obviously disappointing for Brother Martin but it's not like there's a chance they could miss the playoffs. Also frick the incompetent LHSAA


The Hurricane
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
Wonder when they’ll announce what Catholic did to lose titles….. they won’t.


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Brother Martin needs to get past McKinley, which is likely, to get on the other side from Catholic.


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yaherrdme
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
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Wonder when they’ll announce what Catholic did to lose titles….. they won’t.


Not exactly sure who you are referring to as "they", but this release was from Bro Martin, I doubt BM will release anything about CHS


joshyc2
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re: Bro. Martin may be forced to forfeit 5 games due to academic eligibility questions
Right now it has them at #12 in the rankings which would send them to #5 Rummel. That's right now though.

I am sure if they win their next two games they will move up to 11 or 10.


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