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The Colony to forfeit 30 basketball wins from 2009-10 for using ineligible player, North Texas commit Jordan Williams
The District 4-4A executive committee ruled Tuesday that The Colony must forfeit all 30 victories from the 2009-2010 season after one of its main contributors, small forward Jordan Williams, was found to be ineligible.
The infractions were reported by The Colony after an internal investigation uncovered that the rent for an extended stay motel where Williams stayed last school year had been subsidized by someone outside his family, which is prohibited under "the valuable consideration rule" outlined in Section 441 of the University Interscholastic League's constitution. In that part of the document, it states that a player cannot receive compensation for participating in a sport.
The violation was revealed after officials at The Colony noticed in August a change of address that indicated Williams had moved to another residence outside the attendance zone, prompting them to withdraw him from the school Sept. 10. Since then, Williams has enrolled at Kimball, which is the third high school he has attended after beginning his career at Lincoln.
Williams could not be reached for comment.
The Colony has not received a Previous Athletic Participation Form, which is required to be completed in order for a student-athlete to gain eligibility at a new school.
A promising college prospect rated by Rivals.com as the 108th-best senior in the nation, Williams is committed to play at North Texas. Last season, after transferring to The Colony, Williams averaged 19.2 points and 8.4 rebounds, leading the team in both statistical categories. His production helped The Colony achieve a 30-9 record and advance to a Class 4A state semifinal, where it lost to Houston Yates.
"It was very upsetting for everybody involved," The Colony athletic director Rudy Rangel said. "It's unfortunate that it happened, and it's a huge deal. But it could have been worse."
The possibility of more severe sanctions, such as a three-year probationary period or outright suspension, loomed. But Rangel said The Colony did its due diligence, noting that Williams' residency issue was examined "several times."
"They didn't play him knowing he was ineligible," Lewisville ISD spokeswoman Karen Permetti said.
The news of the district executive committee's ruling prompted The Colony principal Becky MacDonald to compose a letter that was posted on the Lewisville ISD website.
"While this news is disheartening for The Colony High School," she wrote, "the UIL's decision has no bearing on the quality of our students, teachers, staff and the programs offered."
Staff Writer Jon Nielsen and Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle contributed to this report.