(Pasadena) – The CIF has ruled that Muir center Andre Frazier is ineligible and the Mustangs must forfeit all of the games that Frazier played in as well as the Pacific League title sources said late Saturday night.
What had been a dream season has turned into a nightmare for Muir, which will now miss the playoffs. As a result Pasadena becomes the league champions for the eighth consecutive year. This also makes the other six teams in the league end up with ten wins or more. Only Hoover will finish with less than ten.
Muir finished the season with a record of 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the Pacific with its only loss coming to city rival Pasadena. All that is gone now.
Muir Coach Gamal Smalley held Frazier out of the last two games while CIF investigated possible violations of his transfer. Frazier transferred in from Bell-Jeff last year.
CIF playoff pairings will be announced Sunday afternoon but Muir will be out of the picture.
Here’s a statement from Muir Principal Sheryl Orange:
“The John Muir High School boys basketball team will be forfeiting the majority of its games from the 2011-12 season and will be ineligible for the CIF playoffs because of the use of an ineligible player.
“After being alerted by CIF, Muir administration investigated and determined that a player on the boys basketball team was not eligible to play because a valid change of residence could not be sufficiently established. Out of an abundance of caution, Muir decided to forfeit the games.
“Athletics are a privilege, not a right at Muir. By making this difficult decision, we are trying to show our staff and students that Mustangs must maintain integrity to preserve the history and tradition of John Muir High School.”