In abrupt move, UIL reverses decision on Stanczak

Football player injured in locker room attack was scheduled to play in homecoming game

In abrupt move, UIL reverses decision on Stanczak
Michael Stanczak's family is filing an appeal against the UIL board’s decision that they are hoping will be taken up by a board in Austin. (Source: KLTV Staff)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In an abrupt change, a University Interscholastic League board has reversed its decision allowing a student who was badly injured in a locker room beating to again play football.

Tuesday, a UIL board in Austin, Texas voted unanimously to allow Michael Stanczak to return to the football field.

Friday, the board reversed the decision. Stanczak was scheduled to play in Friday night’s homecoming game at Elkhart High School where he is now a student.

The board cited three reasons for the reversal:

  • concern about whether or not handicapping condition caused a delay of one year or more in education of student
  • student must receive UIL waiver for Parent Residence Rule for varsity eligibility
  • student must receive UIL waiver for Four Year Rule for varsity eligibility

The family is attending an appeal Monday in Austin.

In September 2017, Stanczak, then a senior at Palestine High School, was severely injured in an attack in a locker room. Stanczak has had three reconstructive surgeries.

His then teammate Le’George Gray was arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury. He is currently out on bond.

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