The Bulletin’s Clay Fowler talked to CIF-Southern Section spokesperson Thom Simmons about the eligibility of Makale MccBobb and Gerald Kough, who transferred from Colony to Pomona, where former Colony coach Anthony Rice is now in charge. Both players have been cleared to play by CIF-SS officials, who note that the two transfers arrived before Rice “formally” accepted the job at Pomona.
“It would have to be proved that the two players in question knew Anthony (Rice) was going to be hired at Pomona prior to their transfers, in any event,” CIF-SS director of communication Thom Simmons said. “Had the two players transferred after Anthony was hired at Pomona, the office could possibly make a reasonable assumption that of prima facie evidence of a athletically motivated transfer. The same assumption is much more difficult when the transfer happens before.”
“The office approved both of these transfers on the appropriate CIF paperwork submitted by Pomona High School,” Simmons said. “In both cases, Colony High School did not provide any information on the paperwork indicating that there were any issues regarding CIF rule 510 or that their former head football coach, Anthony Rice, had been hired by Pomona High School prior to these transfers.”