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Ohio judge rescinds restraining order, playoff matchups set

10:17 AM, Nov. 02, 2012 EDT

UPDATE: There's resolution in the Ohio high school football playoff controversy. According to Plain Dealer reporter Tim Warsinskey, Cuyahoga County judge Richard McMonagle today rescinded the temporary restraining order he issued yesterday. As a result of the decision, Mayfield and Edgwood are in the playoffs. Cleveland Heights and Beachwood are out. Cleveland Heights is not expected to appeal the decision. Here's Warsinskey's full story.

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On Thursday afternoon, a Cuyahoga County judge ruled in favor of Cleveland Heights (Ohio) in a high school football playoff controversy that directly affects four teams.

The controversy hinges on whether the OHSAA should recognize a forfeit by John F. Kennedy (Warren, Ohio) and adjust its computer ratings accordingly. JFK used a player who was ineligible according to Cleveland Metropolitan School District academic eligibility standards, but eligible under OSHAA guidelines.

The Cuyahoga County court's temporary restraining order put Cleveland Heights and Beachwood (Ohio) in the playoffs. Mayfield and Ashtabula Edgewood, which were in the original playoff field released Sunday, were suddenly knocked out.

Mayfield was scheduled to argue its case before a judge this morning.

Mayfield's appearance in court comes on the heels of the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court ruling in favor of Edgewood, which would force the OHSAA to revert to its original playoff field.

Two conflicting rulings. Four teams who still don't know their playoff fates. The Ohio Supreme Court could have the final say today. Stay tuned.



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