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Olive Branch High School football placed on probation

(WMC-TV) – Olive Branch High School has been placed on probation by the Mississippi High School Activities Association now that a fourth transfer student from Melrose High School in Memphis has been declared ineligible to play football.

Parents reacted to the news that the high school had been placed on probation.

"You're kind of surprised, but you also have to find out the whole facts behind it," said parent Eric Walker.

"I'm surprised because they have a great football team," said resident Cody Beard.  "We always win and stuff mostly."

According to a letter from the MHSAA to the school, the players were allowed to participate and practice with Olive Branch in the summer while they were enrolled in another district.  The moves across the border were not legitimate and were made with the intent of playing football.

"What was involved?  Whether it was really something they shouldn't been on probation for or not," said Walker.

The letter states the Olive Branch High School football team will be placed on probation from September 6, 2011 through November 4, 2011.  If the team qualifies, postseason play will be allowed.

Olive Branch High School has also been fined $500.  The football team will not have to forfeit the two games in which one of the students played because the MHSAA initially authorized them to play.

DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall released a statement saying, "DeSoto County school officials will not make any further comment until their internal investigation is complete.  The district will abide by the decisions of the Mississippi High School Activities Association."

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