District committee revisits eligibility of 2 Mount Vernon players, rules them ineligible based on residency

District committee revisits eligibility of 2 Mount Vernon players, rules them ineligible based on residency
Coach Art Briles - KLTV

MOUNT VERNON, TEXAS (KLTV) - The eligibility of two Mount Vernon ISD football players has been called back into question and a previous ruling has been reversed.

In September, a district executive committee approved the eligibility of two varsity players, Brock and Cameron Nellor. The eligibility of the two players had been called into question due to their residence. The students had transferred to Mt. Vernon and were living in a trailer park as they transitioned from Colorado.

On Sept. 18, they were ruled eligible to play on the team, which is coached by former Baylor head coach, Art Briles.

However, on Oct. 8, the 7-3A Division 1 DEC reversed that decision. Superintendent of MVISD Jason McCullough said he does not believe the punishment handed down by the DEC today includes the forfeiture of previous games. The UIL’s state executive committee does have the ability to strip teams of victories when it believes the school violated UIL rules, the paper stated.

Read McCullough’s full statement below:

"We are disappointed by and disagree with the sudden reversal of field by the District 7-AAA Executive Committee but respect its decision. Facts presented at a previous meeting on this topic on Sept 18 resulted in the exoneration of the two students and validation of their athletic eligibility.

The DEC Tuesday voted 6-0 that the two students moved to our school district for athletic purposes as defined by UIL rules, despite what we believe to be overwhelming evidence that the parents moved from Colorado for employment reasons. The DEC also voted 6-0 that Mt. Vernon ISD used a coach not employed by the district in violation of UIL rules. It then voted 6-0 to give Mt. Vernon a public reprimand for allowing a coach on the field who was not employed by the school.

It is our understanding that NO games will be forfeited as a result of Tuesday’s actions.

Mt. Vernon ISD will contact the UIL Wednesday to begin the appeal process. We feel confident that once the facts are reviewed by the State Executive Committee, the decision to punish the two students will be overturned."

Copyright 2019 KLTV. All rights reserved.