Michael Mitchell, top running back for Highlands, has been ruled ineligible and as of today will not be able to play in Saturday's Class AAA state championship game against Boyle County.
Mitchell transferred to Highlands from Covington Catholic before the season started. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association immediately declared him ineligible. Ted Martin, attorney for the KHSAA Board of Control ruled that he did not have a bona fide change of address. Mitchell then got a temporary injunction from a Campbell County circuit judge allowing him to play.
"We appealed to the court of appeals immediately, and they issued a ruling Monday vacating the ruling," Martin said. "He is ineligible right now."
Martin said he isn't sure if that could change based on any action Mitchell's attorney might take.
Martin said any decision on what will happen to Highlands for using Mitchell in 14 games won't be made until after this weekend.