Clarkston transfer ruled ineligible for season
Michigan State-bound power forward Thomas Kithier has been ruled ineligible by the Michigan High School Athletic Association for 180 days, effectively ruling him out his entire senior season at Clarkston.
Kithier transferred to Clarkston for his senior season after playing his first three years at Macomb Dakota, which refused to sign off on the transfer, claiming his move was athletically motivated and, thus, not legal.
MHSAA executive director John E. “Jack” Roberts agreed with Dakota in a decision that was handed down in October, which set in motion a 90-day ineligibility period — putting Kithier out until after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January. Then, after Clarkston appealed to a five-person MHSAA executive committee, which met last week and an- nounced its ruling Thursday, the ineligibility was extended to 180 days. A majority vote by the executive committee is binding.
Kithier and Clarkston now have exhausted all appeal options through the MHSAA, and he is ineligible to play at any school in Michigan, according to John Johnson, spokesman for the association.
Kithier’s family released a statement Thursday, saying Thomas is