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Off the Field – TSSAA votes (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)

Decision time finally came to a breaking point for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) regarding the argument about private and public school classifications this week.
The TSSAA voted on seven different changes to help “level the playing field” between public and private schools on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in a special called meeting after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
An update on the final ruling will be featured online and in next week’s issue of the paper, but here was the list of the seven aspects the organization looked at heading into the meeting.
The Legislative Council looked into seven different aspects, including the definitions of financial aid and Division I/II, tuition payments for Division I/II schools, rules for transfers with “coaching links” at another school (i.e. if a student moves to a school where he played for a coach, whether in the summer, open gym, etc., he/she would sit for 12 months before receiving playing eligibility), eligibility of middle school transfers, rules on weight training/condition and change to the different aspects of coaches allowed for a school.
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The Erwin Record would like to apologize for an error made in a past article. In an article discussing the basketball career of Logan Lyle, it was referenced that he was the all-time leader scoring at Unicoi County High School for basketball. Lyle is the all-time scorer for the Blue Devils’ basketball program with 1,889, while Lady Blue Devil Amy Engle is the all-time leading scorer at the high school.
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Unicoi County Middle School football is still experiencing some growing pains, but head coach Travis Griffith likes what he is seeing from his Jr. Blue Devils.
“Even if the score did not show it, we improved quite a bit from game to game,” Griffith said. “We still have many things to work on, but we are heading in the right direction. Our conference is loaded with athletes and depth. It is a learning process, but we are getting there.”
UCMS is led by signal caller Tanner Vanhoy and running back Diego Diaz, both of whom are three-year starters at their respective positions. Other linemen that are making waves for the team include Roby Lemmon, Lane Garland and Nick Farnor.
The Jr. Blue Devils took a 40-0 defeat from Liberty Bell last week to move to 0-2 on the year. UCMS opened this week with a road trip to T.A. Dugger on Monday, Aug. 31, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
A team photo of the Jr. Blue Devils will appear in a future issue of the paper.
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Unicoi County High School may have the green light for football on Thursday, Sept. 3, but so does another school in the region.
East Tennessee State University football makes its return to the gridiron that day with a contest against Kennesaw State at 7:30 p.m.
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