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Football: Edison QB declared ineligible by CIF

August 27, 2010 |  3:13 pm

The Southern Section has declared junior quarterback Chase Favreau from Huntington Beach Edison ineligible for this season, ruling his transfer from Santa Ana Mater Dei was athletically motivated.

Edison already lost its No. 1 tailback to academic ineligibility.

"We're pretty much in shock," Coach Dave White said.

Favreau has been attending Edison since January but the school apparently didn't submit transfer paperwork until recently, resulting in the ruling so close to the start of the season.

White said the lack of the consistency in how the Southern Section decides whether a student moved for athletic reasons concerns him.

Thom Simmons, a spokesman for the Southern Section, said, "You have to have credible evidence that they're an athletically motivated transfer."

Edison officials are expected to meet with Southern Section Commissioner Jim Staunton next week in an attempt to reverse the ruling. Favreau is expected to appeal the decision to a CIF panel.

In other transfer news, Santa Ana Mater Dei has approved the transfer of junior basketball standout Xavier Johnson from Temecula Chaparral via a valid change of residence, but it will be up to the Southern Section to decide if Johnson's transfer was athletically motivated.

-- Eric Sondheimer