Wilson's Turkey Bowl Appeal Denied

By Chris Gordon
|  Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012  |  Updated 4:58 PM EDT
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Playing in the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving is a huge deal for DC high school football players. That's why hundreds of Wilson High School students protested a decision to disqualify their team over a player considered ineligible by school officials. As News4's Tom Sherwood reports, the decision has angered more than students.

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Playing in the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving is a huge deal for DC high school football players. That's why hundreds of Wilson High School students protested a decision to disqualify their team over a player considered ineligible by school officials. As News4's Tom Sherwood reports, the decision has angered more than students.

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The State Athletic Director in D.C. has told Wilson High School that it is not eligible to play in the Turkey Bowl, the annual high school football championship - a blow to the high school's hopes that the decision would be overturned.

Principal Peter Cahall said he received the letter today, but that he still believed that the appeal should have succeeded.

Wilson was disqualified from the game after a month-long investigation showed that the team had an ineligible player. Nico Jaleel Robinson, 17, had been arrested for the robbery of several University of Maryland players in October. The criminal case revealed that the student lived in Maryland - but was improperly attending, and playing football for, Wilson.

Wilson was replaced by Anacostia High in the Thanksgiving game, which is a tradition in D.C. scholastic sports.

The school has argued that the procedures for investigating ineligible players was not followed. But principal Cahall sounded like his fight was over Tuesday, telling parents that, as far as his appeal goes, he was finished, reported News4's Chris Gordon.

However, some parents have reportedly hired an attorney to try to reinstate Wilson in the game.

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