Three Rochester High School football players at the center of a controversy over championship rings will be allowed to compete in postseason play.
The Illinois High School Association has reinstated the players, who sat out the final game of the regular season after Rochester revealed that a parents’ group had purchased rings for the players in violation of IHSA rules. Association director Marty Hickman, appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” says the decision was based in part on the fact that Rochester reported the violation itself.
But Hickman still defends the decision to force Rochester to forfeit its win against Sacred Heart-Griffin, costing the Rockets a conference championship. Hickman says Rochester could have had to forfeit the entire season or been held out of the postseason, so he sees this punishment as a reasonable middle ground.