Suspension of Shawnee Quarterback Upheld

12-8-05 - The state Supreme Court today upheld the suspension of Shawnee High School quarterback Tucker Brown.

The court says the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) acted reasonably in suspending Brown for fighting and that the penalty was made in good faith.

The ruling means Brown won't play in Saturday's Class Five-A state semifinal game against Tulsa East Central. Brown also won't be allowed to play in the finals against Bixby if Shawnee wins the semifinal.

He was suspended for two games by the OSSAA after he was thrown out of the November 19th state quarterfinal game for kicking a Tulsa Washington player. The incident came in the final seconds as Brown was taking a knee to run out the clock when a Tulsa Washington player jumped over the line and pulled Brown to the ground by the helmet.

Brown's mother challenged the suspension in court and a district judge overturned the suspension.

The OSSAA then postponed the scheduled November 26th semifinal game against East Central while it appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

East Central coach Travis Hill says the delays in playing the game have been frustrating, but says his team has had good practices.