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Championship Taken Away From Selma Middle School

Posted October 30, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— At Selma Middle School winning is a tradition, and it looked like the tradition had continued this year when the school's football team won six and lost none. The team appeared to be well on its way to another conference championship.

Then it was discovered that one player was academically ineligible. According to the district, a guidance counselor incorrectly calculated the grade average of a transfer student. The counselor also averaged the wrong set of grades.

Assistant Superintendent Dwight Hinnant says it was a simple case of an honest mistake.

Football coach Stephen Jackson says his players are heartbroken after being stripped of their conference title.

Now players and their parents are learning a tough lesson off the field. Mistakes happen, and Gregory Edwards, father of a Selma football player, says you have to play by the rules.

Edwards' son Rodell says his coach has helped the team accept what happened.