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DCPS strips Dunbar of Turkey Bowl title for use of ineligible player

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Dunbar’s Turkey Bowl win over Anacostia in November has been revoked because of the use of an ineligible player, D.C. Public Schools officials announced on Friday evening.

The ineligible player competed in two games this past season, which made the Crimson Tide ineligible for the DCIAA playoffs. Dunbar beat Anacostia, 12-8, in the annual Thanksgiving Day game on Nov. 22. DCPS officials said in a release Friday that they received information about the student in late November, prompting a DCPS Office of Residency investigation. The investigation eventually found that the student was a non-resident, making him ineligible to compete under the District of Columbia Municipal Regulation’s rules.

Dunbar Coach Jerron Joe declined comment when reached by phone.

“It is deeply disappointing to have to revoke this title from Dunbar, but it is even more disappointing that an ineligible player was playing on the team,” DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in the statement. “We have high expectations and rules at DCPS, and that applies both in the classroom and in athletics.”

DCPS Athletic Director Stephanie Evans said Friday that Anacostia, which reached the game via disqualification, will not be awarded the title in the wake of Dunbar’s disqualification.

Friday’s announcement marks the third eligibility infraction in five months for DCIAA football teams. In November, Wilson was disqualified from the Turkey Bowl in the days leading up to the game because of its use of a player who was a Maryland resident, and in October, H.D. Woodson coach Greg Fuller was fired after a DCPS investigation found an ineligible player competing on his team.

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