TUPELO – Jeremy Newsome’s eligibility is still up in the air, but he can at least start practicing with Nettleton’s basketball team.
Friday’s scheduled hearing of a lawsuit filed by Newsome’s mother against the Mississippi High School Activities Association was postponed until Oct. 16 because of a full docket. Lawyers for the MHSAA agreed that Newsome could practice until the hearing was held, and that Nettleton would not be subject to any MHSAA-imposed sanctions if the lawsuit was unsuccessful.
The lawsuit was filed in hopes of overriding the MHSAA’s ruling that Newsome’s move from Okolona to Nettleton was not “bona fide,” and thus he could not play basketball for the Tigers. Newsome’s mother, Lyndia Traylor, accuses the Okolona School District of offering “inferior educational opportunities for children.” She also argues that the family’s move was indeed bona fide.
Newsome was ruled ineligible on Sept. 5, and the MHSAA upheld that ruling at an appeal hearing Wednesday. Tupelo attorney Jim Waide, who is representing Traylor, accused the MHSAA of changing its rationale for declaring Newsome ineligible, noting that the appeal report included evidence that was not invoked in the original ruling.
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