Eastern High Suspends Coach & Forfeits Game

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The Lansing School District has suspended Eastern High School football coach Tommie Boyd and forfeited last week's season-opening 34-20 win over Detroit U of D Jesuit High School because Boyd used academically ineligible players. In addition, the district has placed Eastern Athletic Director Mario Villareal on administrative leave and removed five academically ineligible players from the team.

An interim coach will be named Friday to lead the Quakers against Lansing Sexton. The Michigan High School Athletic Association will be notified when an investigation is finished.

Lansing Schools Superintendent T.C. Wallace released the following statement:

"Student eligibility rules are clearly spelled out by Lansing School District policy and Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines. We need to reinforce with our staff, students athletes, families and athletic boosters that eligibility rules apply to everyone and are not optional. More importantly, we want our school community to know that being accountable and following the rules go hand-in-hand with strong academic scholarship and athletic sportsmanship."

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