UPDATED, 7:10 p.m. PT: Chris Prussak, the attorney for Antonio “Noodles” Hull, returned my call and discussed the case and the grounds on which he plans to argue Noodles’ appeal. I will list them, but one common theme kept resurfacing and that’s that “athletically motivated” is an unclear term rule/term. “One hundred percent of athletes who make their appeal to CIF, they’re athletically motivated,” Prussak said. “They want to play athletics, therefore they are athletically motivated. Tell me the different degrees. It doesn’t say there are different degrees in the blue book, so I don’t understand that term.” Prussak will also argue that it’s unconstitutional for CIF to step in and say Hull is ineligible when he made a valid change of residence. Other parts of his case will include academics and safety/threat issues that have been alleged in other emails.
UPDATED: Antonio “Noodles” Hull is ineligible for varsity football participation until Nov. 16, 2013 and not Nov. 9 as previously reported. The one-year penalty corresponds with the date that the infraction was committed and not the date of his last varsity participation with West Covina.
Hull, a junior-to-be, transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar this offseason with hopes of playing for the Brahmas this fall. Earlier this month, the CIF-Southern Section office declared him ineligible for varsity football participation until Nov. 16, 2013 after West Covina disputed the transfer on grounds that it was athletically motivated.
West Covina provided the CIF-Southern Section office with a letter from Hull’s father, which left the ruling body no choice but to declare Hull ineligible under Rule 510, which includes athletic motivation violations among other things.
The penalty for an athletic motivation infraction is a one-year revocation of varsity eligibility from the date of the infraction.
Hull’s family will now state its case to a state appeal committee under, and they’ll do it under the guidance of Chris Prussak, an Orange County based attorney who claims he specializes in CIF appeals cases.
Hull shined as a sophomore at West Covina last fall, earning Tribune Newcomer of the Year honors after playing quarterback, running back and safety for the Bulldogs.
He was expected to be in the mix to play quarterback for Diamond Bar and also start at safety for the Brahmas.