The Norman Transcript


December 18, 2012

Moving schools and changing teams



Powell was at the center of another transferring controversy when he left the Moore district before his freshman year and transferred into Southmoore. He played under coach Wes Brown the past two seasons and entered this year with high expectations.

Powell helped power the SaberCats to a 3-1 record before losing 66-51 to rival Westmoore Dec. 11. After the game, a frustrated Powell could be seen outside the locker room waiting on the coaches to exit.

“This team, they were arguing with each other, griping at each other,” Brown said after the loss to the Jaguars. “We pulled apart at the seams when thing got going tough. We have some work to do as far as pulling back together, supporting each other, not being selfish, not just wanting playing time. The team has got to get better.”

That was the last time Powell wore a Southmoore uniform.

According to Howell, Powell enrolled at Moore High Thursday morning and said he is eligible to play tonight against his former team.

“From my understanding, he is eligible to play right now,” Howell said. “We will see how things go today. If he can get caught and help us, he is a member of this team, he’s over here in our district. We will see. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. We will go it at like that. If he plays, he plays. If he don’t, he don’t.”

However, Franks said he doesn’t see that happening that fast.

“He will be eligible to play once he clears all the eligibility review that has to be done for a bonafide move into the district,” Franks said. “As soon as the address and everything is bona fide. Our rules and regulations are very similar to the activities association. Anytime you have a id that has moved into your school district after the school year has started, you have a 15-day waiting period that gives you the opportunity to check out everything.”

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