The district announced the decision to forfeit the rest of season. The Blue Devils had a 1-3 record, which included forfeiting Friday’s 26-24 win over Bolivar-Richburg after violations were uncovered. Meghan Finnerty reports from Geneseo.
An already tragic school year in Geneseo took another unfortunate turn this week. The Geneseo Central School district decided to forfeit the rest of the varsity football team’s season following serious violations of the student code of conduct and eligibility standards for athletes.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said the department is actively investigating allegations of drug use by players on the team. Geneseo police are also working with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office “to not show any bias,” Osganian said, because one player is the child of an employee of the Geneseo Police Department, he said.
The district announced Monday the decision to forfeit the rest of season. The Blue Devils had a 1-3 record, which included forfeiting Friday’s 26-24 win over Bolivar-Richburg after violations were uncovered.
Geneseo schools superintendent Tim Hayes said it’s in the best interest of students and the program to abandon the varsity season rather than call up junior varsity players and put them at risk of injury.
This news comes less than three weeks after Claire Allen, a freshman on the cross country team, was struck and killed while training on Route 39 near Nations Road.
The incident involving the football team appears to have involved seven students at this time, Osganian said. The students are mostly 16 years old and one is 15, he said.
The players are believed to have taken Oxycontin — an opioid typically prescribed for severe pain — before Friday’s game. The pills were apparently taken from a parent without their knowledge or permission.
According to Osganian, passing out a drug on school grounds is considered “a sale” whether or not money is exchanged. If the investigation finds that the incident did occur, Osganian said it is a serious offense and could be a high-level felony.
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