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OSSAA Says No Need For Legislature To Step In

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Despite numerous concerns and complaints from legislators, the head of the organization that governs high school sports in Oklahoma says there is no need for the Legislature to impose statutory restrictions on the group.

Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Executive Director Ed Sheakley testified Thursday during a meeting of the House Administrative Rules, Government Oversight and Repealer Committee. While Sheakley acknowledged there are some policy changes the association is considering, he said those changes should come from its member schools and the OSSAA's governing board, not from the Legislature.

Sheakley's testimony comes two days after a strongly worded Oklahoma Supreme Court decision chastised the OSSAA for acting in an "arbitrary and capricious manner" in its handling of an investigation into a high school football player's eligibility.

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