NCHSAA Has Video of Pinecrest, Union Pines Incident
Officials from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association are still investigating Friday’s on-field incident between Pinecrest and Union Pines during their football game.
Officials from Moore County schools and the NCHSAA confirmed today that a video of the incident was being reviewed.
Rick Strunk, associate commissioner for communications for the NCHSAA, said by phone today that the organization is still in the process of investigating the situation and had not yet made a final ruling. He said a ruling is expected in the next several days.
“We are still waiting for reports from both schools,” Strunk said. ”So there is not anything to discuss yet because we don’t have all the pieces.”
Strunk said he expected the NCHSAA to have the reports by the end of the day.
Dr. Susan Purser, superintendent of Moore County schools, said the video was not taken by either school’s personnel responsible for taping the game.
“I would affirm that there was a video that someone else had and shared with the high school athletic association,” Purser said.
Three players from each team were ejected from Friday’s game for fighting following a bench-clearing altercation late in the second quarter. The incident happened with 4:25 remaining in the half following a kick-off and Pinecrest leading 49-7. The Patriots won the game 69-14.
NCHSAA rules dictate that any team accumulating six or more ejections during a season or three or more ejections for fighting will be barred from participating in the playoffs.
Purser called the on-field behavior inappropriate.
“I own the fact that we stepped out of line,” Purser said. “But that isn’t enough. We are going to be accountable for our actions.”
Strunk said the rule barring teams from the post season for accumulating ejections is about 12 years old. He said one baseball team was barred from the playoffs for a fight a few years ago, but he couldn’t recall any playoff-eligible football team suffering the same fate.
“There could have been some teams that were not eligible that were subject to the ban,” Strunk said, “but I am not aware of any team that would have made the playoffs, that has ever been kept out of the playoffs because of ejections.”
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