AAA Northern Region boys

T.C. Williams boys' basketball team forfeits all of its victories from this season

By B.J. Koubaroulis
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

T.C. Williams, one of the preeminent public boys' basketball programs in the area and a front-runner for the Northern Region title, will forfeit all of its victories this season for using two ineligible players, Titans Coach Julian King said Monday night.

According to King, seniors Billy Rowland and Darrius Porter were ruled ineligible this week because they are in their fifth year of playing high school sports, which violates national federation rules -- and those of the Virginia High School League -- that state players are allowed four years of high school eligibility.

T.C. athletic director Bob McKeag, who informed King of the forfeits Monday afternoon, did not return a telephone message left Monday night.

The forfeits will take the No. 11 Titans, three-time Virginia AAA Northern Region champions, from 12-3 to 0-15.

Rowland, a 6-foot-6 forward, was averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game. According to King, Rowland transferred into the Alexandria school last season after spending one year at Bishop Ireton. Before that, Rowland had spent two years at Surrattsville. Last year should have been Rowland's final year of athletic eligibility. Porter, who King said transferred into T.C. Williams last year from North Carolina, was averaging 5.4 points.

King said that he was unaware of the eligibility issues until he spoke with McKeag on Monday. "It broke my heart today to have to tell the kids that the season is basically down the drain," King said.

According to King, the two players transferred into T.C. Williams in 2008, at around the same time former coach Ivan Thomas and former athletic director Kerry Donnelly left the program. King, an assistant under Thomas before taking over the program last season, said neither player's transcript was properly checked.

T.C. Williams, which won the 2008 Virginia AAA state title under Thomas, had won 80 consecutive games against competition in the AAA Patriot District. That streak is now over.

"Do you think I care about some streak?" said King. "I'm not the type of guy to do anything to win."

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