Olive Branch QB Ross Trail ineligible

Olive Branch QB Ross Trail ineligible

It all comes down to residency. Ross Trail transferred to Olive Branch this year after playing for Wynne High in Arkansas last year.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It all comes down to residency.

Ross Trail transferred to Olive Branch this year after playing for Wynne High in Arkansas last year.

The MHSAA has strict transfer rules when it comes to residency. And according to them, trail doesn't meet them.

"We have a standard. And this standard has to do with residence,” Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Don Hinton said.

When it comes to playing high school sports in Mississippi, Hinton said the rule is simple. If you want to play you must prove you stay where you say you do.

"Based on not only residence but having the residence of making a bona fide move into a residence and that includes the whole family," Hinton said.

Hinton said Olive Branch quarterback Ross Trail and his family haven't proved that.

Trail lives with his father, former University of Memphis quarterback Rusty Trail, in Olive Branch.

But his mother and sister still live in Wynne.

Hence the problem.

"Through investigating we found out the entire family did not move," Hinton said.

That investigation started after someone called the MHSAA office and told them about Trail's living situation.

Once it was verified, Hinton says his office had not choice but to rule trail ineligible.

"The school has the choice as to whether they'll allow him to play or not," Hinton said.

Trails family filed a restraining order which allows him to play until a judge rules on the case.

He's played in two games so far this season, helping the conquistadors knock off Ridgeway and Raleigh-Egypt.

"The schools notified that the student is ineligible and there are consequences of playing an ineligible player," Hinton said.

Standup "those consequences include forfeiting every game trail has played in and will play in if he continues to play.

I reached out to trails family and to olive branch.

No one called me back.

Hinton says he doesn't know when a judge will rule on the case.

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