Tennessee team vacates wins after mom’s Facebook scolding

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Parents often scold their children for not being careful about what they write on Facebook. In Tennessee, two star offensive linemen can now turn the table on their own mother after she inadvertently forced their team to vacate three victories from earlier in the 2011 season.

Ryan and Rodney Belasic playing for Perry County
Ryan and Rodney Belasic playing for Perry County

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Perry County (Tenn.) High offensive linemen Rodney Belasic (pictured below and wearing number 75 above) and Ryan Belasic (wearing number 60) transferred in to the school from Henry County (Tenn.) High, where they spent the earlier seasons in their high school career.

However, that transfer has now been rejected after Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association officials learned that the entire Belasic family does not reside in Perry County, a prerequisite for eligibility in the state.

Interestingly, it's how the TSSAA learned that part of the family was still residing in Henry County that has garnered the most attention. According to TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress, the Belasics' mother scolded her sons on Facebook after they left their room in a disorderly state when they departed for a school week in Perry County.

Here's how Childress explained the situation to the Tennessean:

"But the mother actually works in Henry County, and she posted on her Facebook page that she sent the kids back to Perry County for the week and that she would not see them again until Friday night," Childress said. "Then, later on her Facebook page, she posted, 'How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they're only here on Saturday and Sunday?'"

That comment about living there on Saturday and Sunday tipped the TSSAA off to the Belasics' dual residence, and after a brief investigation the organization learned that the Belasics' mother still worked and resided in Henry County.

Perry County offensive lineman Rodney Belasic
Perry County offensive lineman Rodney Belasic

Because part of the family was still residing in the player's original district, it was ruled that they should not have transferred to a new school until after their mother moved on from the area as well, leaving the two offensive linemen ineligible to play for Perry County.

For his part, Perry County football coach Michael Harrison apologized for the attention brought on the program by the two brothers' ineligibility.

"We are sorry that this investigation happened and that the two players were deemed ineligible," Harrison told the Tennessean via email. "We hope to put this investigation behind us and move forward."

While Perry County's three opening victories have been struck off its record, the team will get to keep its wins from the past two weeks as they came with the Belasics sitting out from action. The Tennessean reported that Perry County players will also be able to keep the statistics they accumulated in those three victories despite the fact that they won't count on the team's official won-lost record.

Still, those personal records will be little solace for a team that likely would have been 5-0 and well on its way to one of the top postseason seeds in Tennessee's smallest division, Class 1A, if not for one mother who resorted to social networking to scold her sloppy teenage sons.

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