Miramar’s football season is over, according to two sources close to the situation.
The Patriots (7-3) are expected to be officially vacating from the Class 8A state playoff bracket in light of allegations for violations involving impermissible benefits given to players on the team, the sources said.
Players were already expressing their displeasure on Twitter and asking for support from parents for a rally planned for 7 a.m. Thursday at the Broward County School Board building to protest its decision to end the Patriots’ season.
Miramar offensive lineman Leeward Brown tweeted Wednesday:
“We need all of the Patriot Family to please come out and protest against Broward County so we can please keep our season going – 600 SE 3rd Ave.”
Miramar cornerback Jeff Hill appeared to express his disgust with the decision on Twitter: “Never felt a heart break but I felt one today taking away what I love on my senior year.”
Miramar was scheduled to play Monarch in a regional quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Deerfield Beach.
Miramar athletic director Horatio Major did not immediately return messages from The Miami Herald.
When contacted Wednesday night, Broward County Athletic Association athletic director Rocky Gillis said he had not heard about any decision to force Miramar to vacate.
Monarch coach Calvin Davis told The Miami Herald on Wednesday night he had not been informed of any official decision regarding Miramar’s status. Davis said his team was continuing its preparations for Friday’s game.
Florida High School Athletic Association spokesman Corey Sobers said earlier this week that should Miramar be forced to vacate, the most likely scenario is that Monarch would receive a bye to the next round.
Miramar has been mired in controversy since coach Matthew Strout resigned in late October and then made allegations that the school had allowed ineligible players to participate in games this season.
The Patriots earned the runner-up playoff berth in District 12-8A and are still considered one of the stronger teams on the bracket. Miramar, which started the season ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 8A, and lost each of its three games to state title contenders, Flanagan, St. Thomas Aquinas and Plantation American Heritage by eight points or less.
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