The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has turned down the appeal of Meade boys basketball senior standout Rochard McAfee to be reinstated.
McAfee was declared ineligible by Meade High School on Jan. 14 for eight unexcused absences. Standard county rules would have suspended McAfee on the days he missed his final class and still played in a game on those days, but Meade has its own rules and told him he couldn't play the rest of the season.
Nathan McAfee, Rochard's father, who appealed the school's penalty, said he learned Wednesday from Marlene Kelly, the county athletics coordinator, that the board upheld the school's decision.
"We are very disappointed," he said.
The appeal was heard on Monday, but Kelly, who refused to comment, didn't inform the McAfees until Wednesday.
"She [Kelly] said on Monday she had to talk to some other people before she could tell me what they were going to do, " said the elder McAfee.
McAfee said that his son would not transfer to Arundel or Old Mill.
"No, he's not going to transfer and play somewhere else," said the father. "He's going to graduate from Meade."
Annapolis junior forward Elliott DeVoe, who suffered a concussion in a game Monday, was cleared by a neurologist yesterday to return to school and, said coach John Brady, "resume normal activities on Monday."
DeVoe, son of the Navy men's basketball coach Don DeVoe, was hurt in the No. 5 Panthers' 78-64 victory over No. 17 Glen Burnie and was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.