DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Volusia County judge has ruled in favor of a decision by the Florida High School Sports Association to expel the Orange City University High School football team from the Class 8A state playoffs.
The team was banned last week by the FHSAA after the school learned a player was ineligible due to an attendance record. The school discovered the clerical error and self-reported the incident, thinking they would only receive a small fine for the infraction. Instead, they were kicked out of the playoffs and forced to forfeit their 8-2 regular-season games, in addition to a fine.
A parent of one of the players thought the punishment was unfair and filed for the emergency motion that was heard by the judge Friday morning.
The Titans were scheduled to play on Friday night in Jacksonville, against Mandarin High School. Had they been reinstated, it would have marked the first football playoff appearance for the school that opened in 2010. After University forfeited its season, Oviedo replaced the Titans in the playoff bracket.