Wilcox County’s boys forfeit first-round game vs. Randolph-Clay over undisclosed incident

Wilcox County’s boys basketball team forfeited its first-round state playoff game tonight against Randolph-Clay for an undisclosed incident involving its players on Thursday.

It is the first pre-game forfeit in a state tournament since 1941, according to the Georgia Basketball Project.

“All I’ll say is that we had nine players involved Thursday afternoon in an off-campus situation when their actions led to their suspensions for disciplinary reasons,” head coach George Kennedy told the Cordele Dispatch. “With just three players left, we had no choice but to forfeit tonight’s game.”

The school let the Georgia High School Association know through an e-mail.

‘’Due to an unfortunate situation last night involving the majority of the boys basketball game, we will be forced to forfeit the boys basketball game tonight,” Wilcox County principal Chad Davis wrote.

Schools officials had no further comment.

The Georgia High School Association said it would not act further because it was a school decision that did not involve GHSA rules.

Wilcox County (20-5 after the forfeit) is ranked No. 6 in Class A. The school’s boys teams reached the state semifinals in 2009 and 2010 and the quarterfinals in 2011.

14 comments Add your comment

athensbball

February 24th, 2012
4:28 pm

Diamond Dan!

February 24th, 2012
4:32 pm

If it would have been football season and the situatuion had occur, would you’ll cancel that game? My answer to that would be no or hell no! Due to fact that in that area because who support basketball and who support football are different people. Don’t take that from the kids, learn how to handle those incident as if they were your personal problem.

Wreckster

February 24th, 2012
5:58 pm

Diamond Dan! the kids WERE involved and being disciplined. How’s that taking it from the kids? Apparently, you don’t understand personal responsibility…..the only kids it was taken from were the 3 kids who weren’t involved…..get real.

ibeliev

February 24th, 2012
7:01 pm

This was a off campus incident involving a fight. The playesr were their and the police took every one in so i am told. Off campus. no waepons, no drugs none of the seven deadly sin that would get you kicked out of school. The adminstration may have over reacted. If it did not happen on campus and affect the education of all student safety. ,

Joe

February 24th, 2012
10:05 pm

Wow!!!! That is believable. It is really bad to see a situation where people do not seem to want to rise above the culture and become successful through sports and education and move on to something greater in life.

Is ibeliev for real?

February 25th, 2012
4:45 am

Yes, it was off campus, and there were no guns, knives, etc. BUT these kids ARE on the basketball team, and like it or not, they represent the school wherever they are and in whatever they’re doing. They did get arrested, and you know what happens at UGA if one of their players gets arrested on or off campus? They get suspended for a game or two. The same discipline should be applied at the high school level, and it rightly was in this case. It may not be fair for the students not involved, but hey, their teammates broke the rules and let them down. If they had let them play, what would they have learned from the incident? Actions have consequences, and kids need to understand this.

RC

February 25th, 2012
7:25 am

All of the facts are not known in this case but in a society where athletes seem to be given a pass for all their wrong doings, the school administration did the right thing. In many instances one can be guilty by association and this may be the case in this incident. Even though they may not have done anything wrong, we must stand up and teach our children there are consequences to their actions and perhaps this will assist them to make better choices.

Coach D.

February 25th, 2012
7:28 am

@ Diamond Dan: “If it would have been football season and the situatuion had occur, would you’ll cancel that game?”

Since football has probably at least 5 times as many players on its team than the basketball team 40 to 50 players would have to be suspended for them not to be able to play the game. Comparing apples to oranges here.

dawg

February 25th, 2012
8:33 am

If two other players were not involved they could have played the game with five players. Since all but three were involved wonder if this was a gang type incident?

bucket

February 25th, 2012
9:01 am

“Actions have consequences, and kids need to understand this.” Well put. High school kids are headed toward a cliff called reality. The ones who are constantly shielded from the consequences of their actions will fall and the ones who have learned responsibility have a chance to fly.

mark mccall

February 25th, 2012
9:22 am

Hey atthansbball, if you do not know what happened shut your mouth!

Therut

February 25th, 2012
12:24 pm

I graduated from Wilcox, played basketball and if I had gotten arrested I would be sleeping in the barn or on the street. No way in hell I would go home and tell my parents. Kids don’t have to worry about that now. How sad

observer

February 25th, 2012
1:04 pm

In 2008 both starting defensive ends at Carrollton were kicked off the team for team violations at an out of state camp.Both were touted to be college prospects.I’m sure actions of this nature have been taken at many schools and not publicized.Congrats to the coach at Wilcox for having standards and disipline.I hope the players involved have learned a lesson in life from this.

Dawg Fan

February 28th, 2012
9:54 pm

Yes! Good move Wilcox!