UPDATED: Allegations Surface Against United Baseball
Apr 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM CST
Apr 11, 2013
The United baseball team has been having a season for the ages, winning 22 of a possible 24 games and earning a #4 ranking in the state, but rumors have surfaced they may have to forfeit games because of an ineligible player.
The player in question is Julio Rodriguez, who supposedly tried out for a Mexican professional baseball team. While it is not against UIL rules to try out for such a team, if that played signed a contract they automatically lose amateur status and any games following that at the high school level would be forfeited.
Some have claimed Rodriguez signed a contract, but United head coach JJ Gomez is not worried about these allegations.
"We follow UIL eligibility standards, regarding this player we have, we've already checked all UIL rules and he's clear. Like the saying goes, we've crossed all our t's and dotted our I's. We are not going to jeopardize our season, our kids season and everything they've worked hard for, for me to put an ineligible player in there. It's unfortunate we're in this position but we're going to keep playing baseball." (JJ Gomez, UNITED HEAD COACH)
Gomez added, as of now, there have been no formal complaints submitted to UIL, that he knows of. The Longhorns will be back on the diamond tomorrow evening as they take on the Eagle Pass Eagles.
UPDATE: KGNS sports has talked to the father of Julio who says his son attended the camp but never signed a contract with the Diablo's Rojos. We will have more on this story Friday.