Guthrie High School is set to be heard with their appeals in front of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Board of Directors beginning at 9:00 a.m. Stay tuned for updates on this page. To stay up with the latest posts and updates you will need to refresh this page (F5) throughout the morning.
1:56 The 5A playoffs will begin this week. Schools can elect to play on Friday or Saturday.
1:46 Penatlites Rafe Watkins suspended for 8 games only beginning now, Clint Simek will not be allowed to play, forfeit all gate proceeds in playoff games, football team placed on warning for one year.
1:53 Again, ignore false reports – Guthie will play in the playoffs, but Clint Simke will not be allowed.
1:45 OSSAA Board is discussing right now to decide if the 5A playoffs ar to start on time.
1:37 Working interviews – please be patient on the penalties that were handed down.
1:33 Much more to come but GUTHRIE IS IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!
1:33 Guthrie will play in the 5A playoffs!!!!
1:24 punish me so these kids can play if you like – Watkins suggest to board
1:22 more questions for Watkins
1:20 Simpson says there was no intent.
12:55 OSSAA votes to go back into executive session before voting on forfeit of wins.
12:51 Simpson pleading case for wins.
12:48 appeal on forfeits upcoming.
12:45 board denies appeal for Clint Simek.
12:43 board member says this is a tough decision, but mistakes were made. Asks Simpson and Watkins questions to begin.
12:42 about to begin to hear decision(s).
11:40 Guthrie has been heard and now the board will go into executive session with their attorney.
12:39 coming up on hour one of executive meeting. Guthrie group waits outside. Sheakley is in the executive session as well as OSSAA staff.
11:35 Simpson taking questions from OSSAA attorney.
11:34 Simpson describing emotion of the team when they first heard the news.
11:32 forfeiting 8 games is excessive – this burden is not on this family – Simpson says.
11:31 mr. Simpson now addressing the board.
11:29 ossaa attorney drilling Watkins with questions.
11:21 OSSAA attorney asks Watkins a question about the rule 8-2.
11:20 terry Simpson says, I completely believe and trust Rafe.
11:18 correction – Ed Sheakley asks first and second questions.
11:16 Rafe Watkins chokes up when addressing his team and what they have gone through. OSSAA board now asking questions.
11:13 issue with Simek living next door to Watkins may be more positive then negative cause Watkins sees them leaving every morning to prove they indeed stay there every night.
11:12 we have been honest – watkins
11:09 Gary Rose (CA coach) knew Clint moved to Guthrie so Rafe was not hiding anything with his arch rival on the field.
11:03 Coach Rafe Watkins will now address the OSSAA board.
11:00 now going on two hours – school attorney still speaking on the rule 8-2-B-5
10:51 form in question that was not signed until Oct. 28 by Guthrie. Attorney says no reference was made to that form on initial paper work.
10:49 Guthrie attorney introduces terry Simpson, chad Wilson, Rafe Watkins, Gary Boxley.
10:49 the OSSAA board will now hear from Guthrie schools. Attorney will speak first.
10:39 meeting has now moved over to the legal matter of things (rules).
10:29 OSSAA attorney continues questions For Simek.
10:27 board question asks if he told Guthrie about the move in and he tells them no. We did not that was rule.
10:25 tony Simek (father) addressing board. Earns the boards smiles with a comment about a lot of praying. Sheakley has no reaction.
10:24 board member asks Clint “why Guthrie”. Clint says its a great school.
10:21 Clint Simek, emotional, now addressing the board.
10:20 OSSAA attorney asks Denton how did you meet Coach Watkins. Denton says through power lifting.
10:15 Denton Simek (middle brother) now addressing the board.
10:13 OSSAA attorney asks two questions for oldest brother. Board now asking Cody questions. Tells board his family has not stayed the night in the house one time.
10:08 oldest brother now speaking to the board.
10:06 Mrs. Simek thanks the Guthrie community for wrapping their arms around their family.
10:03 Mrs. Simek reading statement. Made a funny remark and earns the smiles from the board. Sheakley observes the smiles with no emotion.
10:01 emotional mrs. Simek is now talking to board
9:59 4 month gap from the move to Guthrie from the time the brother moved in.
9:56 time line being discussed on the move to Guthrie.
9:52 Simek family lawyer will speak first.
9:50 appeal is now about to begin and Guthrie will speak.
9:43 continued board questions
9:39 am – Guthrie will speak following board questions.
9:36 am – the board is now asking Sheakley questions.
9:31 am – Sheakley going in depth on their findings.
9:24 am – Sheakley still addressing board.
9;05 am – Ed Sheakley addressing the board.
9:00 am – Terry Simpson and Rafe Watkins and Simek family have entered the board room.
GSP has arrived inside the board room and are about 15 minutes from starting the meeting.