The IHSA ruled that Jaquay Owens is not eligible to play football for MacArthur High School for the 2013 season.
Owens enrolled at MacArthur for the second semester after spending his first 1 1/2 years at Eisenhower High School.
He played running back for the Eisenhower varsity team his freshman and sophomore seasons.
The IHSA made the decision on Tuesday evening and the family was notified on Thursday morning.
Owens declined comment.
A release by the IHSA said: The student changed residences from the Eisenhower attendance area to the MacArthur attendance area, but the move resulted in the student no longer complying with the IHSA residence and transfer by-laws, thus resulting in ineligibility based upon, IHSA By-laws 3.030 and 3.040.
IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman cited two main reasons for the decision.
“He has to (move in) with someone who has been assigned custody through the court system,” Hickman said.
Hickman also said Eisenhower did not concur with the transfer.
But there is an opening for Owens to play football next year. Hickman said if Owens were to return to Eisenhower and the schools went through the eligibility procedures with the IHSA, “He would likely be eligible.”
There is also an appeal process.
“They can appeal to our board of directors,” Hickman said. “The board of directors hear all the appeals of my eligibility rulings.”
Owens rushed for 1,071 yards during his sophomore season, gaining them at a clip of 5.8 yards per carry. He became the first Eisenhower player to run for more than 1,000 yards since Brit Miller went for 1,199 yards for the Panthers in 2004.
Decatur School District officials did not comment, citing confidentiality matters.