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School to forfeit games

Jeff Tully

Burbank High is recommending the school’s boys’ basketball team

forfeit five nonleague games after it was discovered a player

falsified enrollment documents.


A faxed statement Tuesday from the Burbank Unified School District

outlined the school’s investigation of Bulldog senior transfer Kevin


“During the investigation, new information was received indicating


that falsified enrollment documents had been submitted to the school

during registration,” the document read.

“The result is that an ineligible player participated in five

boys’ varsity basketball contests between [Dec 4 and 13].”

The situation involves Greene -- a 5-foot-11 point guard -- who

transferred to Burbank from Venice High. First-year Bulldog Coach

Dave Goosen coached Greene at Venice two seasons ago.

Some coaches with an association with the Venice program said


Greene was a senior on the Gondoliers’ boys’ team two seasons ago.

They claim Greene has already used up his high school eligibility.

Goosen insists Greene was a sophomore two years ago.

The district statement suggests Greene’s status as an illegible

player is what has prompted the forfeitures.

“The findings of the investigation have been forwarded to the [CIF

Southern Section] with recommendation that Burbank High School

forfeit five games for violation of Rule 201: age requirement,” the


document read.

In the CIF Southern Section Blue Book Constitution and Bylaws,

Section 201, it reads: “No student whose 19th birthday is attained

prior to June 15 shall participate or practice on any given team for

the following year. A student whose 19th birthday is on June 14 or

before is ineligible.”

Schools which Burbank defeated prior to Dec. 13 will be notified

of the forfeits this week, the statement read.

Prior to the investigation, Greene was declared academically

ineligible when grades came out before the holiday break.

Before his ineligibility, Greene had three straight triple-double

games, including 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists Dec. 13 in a

103-60 nonleague win against Downtown Business Magnet.

The team began the season 5-1, and is 6-6 -- before the forfeits

are factored in.

Thom Simmons, director of sports information for the CIF Southern

Section, said Tuesday afternoon his office had not yet received any

formal paperwork about the Greene case.

“As of now, there is nothing on the desk about that,” Simmons

said. “Everything is being handled by Helen Quayle at Burbank.”

Quayle, the Burbank assistant principal of activities and

athletics, said Greene is no longer enrolled at Burbank. She also

said she doesn’t foresee any disciplinary action being taken against


“There is no reason to believe [Goosen] had any involvement in the

situation,” Quayle said.

The Bulldogs end their nonleague schedule at 6:30 p.m. today with

a home game against San Gabriel.

Burbank begins Foothill League play at 7 p.m. Friday with a home

game against Saugus.

Under former Coach Ron Quarterman, Burbank failed to make it to

the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season.