Oakton's football team will not be forced to forfeit games nor lose its berth in the playoffs after an investigation failed to find evidence that the school had violated rules by playing the son of former Redskins star Darrell Green, Oakton Athletic Director Phil Levine confirmed yesterday.
The decision, first reported in yesterday's Washington Examiner, ended a weeklong Fairfax County investigation into Jared Green's residency and ensures that Oakton, ranked No. 18 in the Washington area by The Post, will compete in the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 6 playoffs, which start Nov. 18.
"My only real comment is that we're just grateful that this is behind us, and we're grateful that the people did their jobs well, even though we were confident all along," Darrell Green said.
Opposing coaches and players had complained that Jared Green lived in Ashburn, at an address in Loudon County's Broad Run district, Darrell Green said last week. But Fairfax County Student Activities Director Paul Jansen concluded that Jared Green maintained permanent residence in the Oakton district and was not in violation of the Virginia High School League's dual residency rule.
"All we did is review the documentation, talk to a lot of people and check on some things," Jansen said. "Everything was in line. He was never ineligible."
Jared Green, whom address searches list as living with his parents in Ashburn, transferred to Oakton from O'Connell over the summer. To establish residency in the district, Darrell Green rented a house on Still Pond Lane in Herndon, signing a lease that started Aug. 18, said Max Parsons, who owns the house.
Darrell Green paid $500 per month for the house before breaking the lease in late October, Parsons said. Parsons said he did not know how often Jared or Darrell Green stayed at the house.
"Darrell said the house wasn't going to work anymore, and that he was going to get a condo or an apartment" in the Oakton district, said Parsons, who said a school official and a uniformed police officer visited the rental house during the eligibility investigation. "He said he wanted something more permanent."
When asked if he had moved from the Still Pond Lane residence, Green responded: "I'm not going to talk about what the situation is now, where I live, things like that. I'm there just like other private citizens are there. That's it."
For eligibility purposes, the VHSL prohibits athletes from having more than one place of residence, VHSL rules interpreter Tom Zimorski said. In no instance would an athlete be eligible to play at more than one school.
"To be eligible, you have to live in only one place," Zimorski said. "Maybe a family owns more than one place or the family is split up, but the athlete always has to choose one place to live."