Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Arlington Grace Prep basketball player ruled ineligible
An Arlington Grace Prep boys basketball player was ruled ineligible for the season for receiving tuition payments from a third party, according to a release Monday from TAPPS. Arlington Grace Prep was not found to have violated any rules and did not receive any punishment.
Ray Forsett, Grace Prep’s basketball coach, declined to name the transfer student or comment, directing all questions to athletic director Richard Reed or principal Elaine Chapman.
Chapman did not return a voicemail on her office phone. Reed did not return voicemails left on his cellphone and office phone and also did not respond to interview requests last week.
Edd Burleson, TAPPS athletic director, said the district did not originally approve the transfer player’s athletic participation form, and Grace Prep appealed that decision. Burleson said the student did not participate in a game this season.
The executive board ruled him ineligible, determining that he was in violation of Section 87 of the TAPPS Bylaws, which forbids inducement, including acceptance of tuition payment by school personnel, school volunteers, parents or any third party.
Burleson said TAPPS made its decision based on the previous athletic participation form and supplemental information provided by Grace Prep. According to the release, Grace Prep and other “interested parties” provided testimony in front of the board on Nov. 21. Burleson declined to name the third party or describe specific testimony or information provided to the board.
Asked how TAPPS determined Arlington Grace Prep had no affiliation with the third party, Burleson said, “They accepted the payment and then they questioned as to whether they could do that and left it up to the board as to whether it was a violation. They didn’t deny it [the payment].”