UHSAA amends decision after appeal; East into playoffs after all

SALT LAKE CITY — The UHSAA amended its decision against East High School today, essentially allowing the team from Salt Lake City into the state playoffs despite the Leopards use of four ineligible players.

The ruling (read here: Summary) will allow East to participate in the 4A playoffs as a No. 4 seed, but ups the fine against the school to $6,000 and suspends head coach Brandon Matich for three games. It also bans East from any home postseason games and strips the school of its region title and the football program is on a three-year probation.

East students and players protested and held a sit-in at the UHSAA offices during the amendment proceedings. The UHSAA board also changed its original ruling against Timpview, which had similarly used an ineligible player.

The upheld appeal is unusual. Snow Canyon’s baseball program found that out firsthand last season when it was forced to forfeit several games. The Warriors continued the season under the forfeitures and without the player in question and eventually won the state championship anyway.

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