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Cathedral football team forfeits season

SAN DIEGO – Cathedral Catholic High School football team had to forfeit their season due to an ineligible player, athletic officials announced Tuesday.

The defending San Diego Section Division II champions were removed from the 2012 football playoffs after reporting to conference officials that an ineligible player took part in 10 games this season, CIF San Diego Commissioner Jerry Schniepp said.

“We regret to announce that Cathedral has forfeited its chance to defend their CIF championship,” Schniepp said. “Anyone who works in high school athletics is disappointed when something like this happens.”

CCHS Athletic Director David Smola was informed that an internal audit of transfer students’ documents discovered a clerical error affecting the eligibility a varsity players who had transferred from another high school this school year.

Smola disclosed the information to Schniepp on Friday. Schniepp commended Cathedral for self-reporting the violation, but said the conference by-law prohibits a team from taking part in the playoffs if more than three games are forfeited.

CIF officials withheld more details in order to protect the identity of the student.