St. Jude High School has been placed on one-year probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and been forced to forfeit all of its wins for the 2011 football season and one of its wins in 2010 for playing three ineligible players.
The ineligible players had not made bonafide moves.
Click here to read the letters St. Jude sent to affected schools.
Last year, St. Jude finished with an 8-2 record and a finished second in Class 1A, Region 3 at 6-1. St. Jude lost a first round playoff game to Pleasant Home 15-14 in overtime. In 2010, St. Jude forfeited a Sept. 10 game against Talladega County Central High School. The Pirates had won that game 55-6. The Pirates lost their season opener in 2010 against Catholic and then won 11 straight before losing to Sweetwater 47-15 in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A playoffs. All of the schools coaches also have to complete the AHSAA's professional development program to "familiarize themselves with the AHSAA handbook and all of the new rules " according to City of St. Jude Executive Director Douglas Watson. The school sent letters out to schools affected by the forfeits in the last two weeks.
The use of ineligible players was first reported in a Montgomery Advertiser article on Aug. 16. Click here to read that story.