TSSAA Upholds Ruling On York Suspension

The administration of York Institute was notified by letter dated March 13, 2014 that the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association) had upheld their previous ruling on suspension of the school from post-season tournament competition through the 2014-15 school year.

The letter, addressed to YAI Principal Jason Tompkins, states:


This is in regard to Alvin C. York Institute’s appeal of sanctions placed on the boys’ basketball program during the TSSAA Board of Control Meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  After considering the information presented by the administration, the Board voted to leave their original decision as written.

If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact our office.


Bernard Childress

Executive Director


The TSSAA has originally issued a ruling on Wednesday, February 12  banning both York Institute and Pickett County boys basketball teams from post-season play for this year and next year as the result of a fight which brokE out during the final seconds of the York-Pickett County basket-ball game on Saturday, February 8 at Pickett County. In addition to the suspension, both teams were also fined $2,250.00.

The TSSAA gathered statements from both schools and released its finding Wednesday morning in a report which stated that on Saturday night, “with 18.6 seconds left in the game, a technical foul was called on the Alvin C. York Institute head coach (Derwin Wright).

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.