Student athletes claim APS misinformed them about class

Posted at: 02/07/2014 11:07 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two APS graduates say their college baseball dreams have been crushed because their school district misadvised them about coursework.

Both boys have baseball scholarships at an Oklahoma university, but because of just one class, they can't play.

"It's everything to me, just to be out on the field with my friends," said Brock Sullivan.

Sullivan and his friend Josh Day have played baseball side by side of a lifetime.

"I've been playing since I was a kid. 4 years old," said Day.

For these best friends, baseball was just beginning.

They graduated from Volcano Vista high school in May, both awarded baseball scholarships at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

"We found out that we were half a credit short," said Sullivan.

An NCAA representative told Day and Sullivan they couldn't play ball.

An un-accredited class they'd taken at Volcano Vista called Transition To College Math put them behind. 

"We just took it cause I thought it would be like a regular class, math class," said Day.

Day says the boys were never told the class didn't meet NCAA requirements.

They also say Volcano Vista didn't even release final transcripts until the end of the summer.

"At that time it was too late to take any summer school classes or try to make up that half credit," said Sullivan.

Brock's dad says he's disappointed in what happened.

"They basically turned their back on these two kids," said Geroge Sullivan.

He says he's even more disappointed at the reaction from APS.

He says he met with school board members and was told nothing could be done.

"It's being stripped from us and we're not going to get to do what we love to do because they didn't take the time," said Sullivan. "They basically turned their backs on us."

A spokeswoman for the district says not so fast.

Monica Armenta says student athletes are updated frequently about updated requirements for NCAA eligibility.

They are required to attend regular meetings which outline the requirements. 

The math class in question, printed in the official course catalogue, is clearly labelled as non-NCAA approved.