Clark­ston trans­fer ruled in­el­i­gi­ble for sea­son

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY DAVID GORICKI The Detroit News

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

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