Newsome Denied Again by MHSAA

CLINTON – Jeremy Newsome’s eligibility appeal has been denied by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

The MHSAA held an appeal hearing on Wednesday morning, and it affirmed its Sept. 5 ruling that Newsome was not eligible to play basketball for Nettleton, because his move from Okolona was not considered “bona fide.”

Among those who testified were Nettleton Superintendent James Malone, Nettleton basketball coach Grant Gardner, Okolona basketball coach Bobby Ford and MHSAA District I secretary Larry Williams, who investigated Newsome’s transfer.

Malone said his school received a fax Wednesday afternoon saying that Newsome was still ineligible, with no further explanation.

“We presented our side, and they didn’t see it that way,” Malone said. “So we have to live with it.”

Newsome’s last hope is a lawsuit filed by his mother against the MHSAA. A hearing is set for Friday at the Lee County Justice Center.

MHSAA Executive Director Ennis Proctor declined comment Wednesday, citing Friday’s hearing.

Read more about this story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.

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