The Colony High School must forfeit basketball season

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 30 at 8:44 PM

THE COLONY — The Colony High School must forfeit its entire 2009-2010 basketball season.

A University Interscholastic League district committee made the ruling, claiming one of the Cougar basketball players last year was ineligible.

The Colony Cougars won 31 basketball games and made it all the way to the state semi-finals. Today, all those wins are now counted as losses.

Jordan Williams was the team's leading scorer last year. "Ever since I moved here, people have been asking whether I'm Deron Williams' little brother," Jordan said in a March 9 interview with WFAA.

The school's athletic director said Williams moved into the district with a teammate just before the 2009-2010 season started.

Lewisville ISD initiated an investigation into Williams' residency when he moved after the season ended.

"His rent was being subsidized by someone outside his family," said Rudy Rangel, The Colony High School athletic director. "That that is a direct violation of UIL rules."

The school district reported the violation to the UIL. On

On Wednesday, a district executive committee comprised of LISD principals issued their ruling.

"We received the minimum penalty, which was to forfeit all the games in which he [Williams] stepped on the court last year — which was all of them," Rangel said.

Williams withdrew from school earlier this month, when school officials determined he was no longer living in The Colony. He then enrolled at Kimball High School in Dallas.

"We had an unfortunate incident with an adult outside The Colony community make a mistake," Rangel said. "It's not a reflection of our school or how we do things here."

School administrators said the ruling to forfeit last season's wins has no bearing on the upcoming season.

Jordan Williams has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the University of North Texas. Kimball is Williams' third high school in three years.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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