OSSAA under fire by state lawmakers

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The group that oversees high school athletics in Oklahoma comes under fire.

On Thursday, a legislative hearing was held at the statehouse looking into the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

The OSSAA oversees all student transfer requests and the way revenues are shared from state playoff games.

Some critics, including parents, coaches and lawmakers, say the association needs more oversight.

The group’s executive director says he does not want changes being imposed by the state capitol.

“You know we want changes to come from within,” said OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley. “We’ve got great people and that’s where change needs to come.”

“It’s been run amok for years.  It’s like a child left unsupervised, it’ll run amok,” said Rep. Richard Morrissette.

This week, the Supreme Court promised tougher scrutiny of the association.

Lawmakers threatened to make the OSSAA a state agency or at least introduce legislation to provide much more oversight of the group.

Right now, there’s no timeline for that changes to happen.


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