MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association said Tuesday night it has closed its investigation into Ridgeway High School, and an ineligible player that cost the Roadrunners a spot in the state playoffs.
"They have done everything that is required by our bylaws, when a school plays an ineligible athlete," said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA.
Childress said the school also must forfeit 16 regular season games as well, after the TSSAA determined McKinzey Sewel, the 18-year-old at the center of this controversy, played in those games as well.
Late last week, Ridgeway school officials determined Sewel had forged his transcript and already had earned a GED.
Marcus Dockery's son DeSean is a senior on the RoadRunners. Dockery said his son started off slow, but finished the season strong, with the family hoping a strong playoff push would boost his college recruiting stock.
"He's continuously getting double doubles, I'm pretty sure he was going to get looked at by some major colleges," Dockery said.
"For these kids, this is it for them, you don't get it back," said Gary Parrish, host of 'The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins' on ESPN Radio.
"I don't think this will have any effect, any noticeable effect in terms of any kids recruiting, but I think the main thing it does is it rips away an opportunity," Parrish said.
Memphis Police on Tuesday night didn't rule out the possibility of pursuing criminal charges.