Topeka High football appeals ruling, trying to get last year's wins back

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — On Monday, the Toepka school district appealed the Kansas State High School Activities Association's decision to vacate all of the Topeka High football teams wins from last year.

KSHSAA ruled last month the Topeka High had to vacate all of their wins from the 2017 season because of the use of an ineligible player, Jacquez Barksdale, in all 10 of their games.

The appeal hearing will take place on Monday.

Topeka Public Schools Director of Activities Dustin Dick says they followed the rules the entire time and that's why they are appealing the ruling, telling 13 NEWS:

The reason for us is, we fell like it gives the appearance that the school was complicit with what happened or that we did something wrong on our part.

You know the coaches didn't do anything wrong at all. The athletes and the other players that participated in all of those games did nothing wrong at all. All along the way everybody followed every step that should have taken in order to determine eligibility.

Because of that, we don't think it is the right thing to do to take the wins in that regard, so we feel like we, at least, owe it to the kids, the coaches, and the school, to at least try and appeal to see if we can't make some difference there.