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OSSAA made the right move for Oklahoma

6/8/2013

Good for David Cornwell. Good for Norman (Okla.) North. Good for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

The OSSAA informed Cornwell on Friday that he would be eligible to play quarterback this fall during his final year of high school.

ESPN’s No. 1-rated pocket-passer received the news after his family presented new information this week to the OSSAA Board of Directors to further explain his absence from the classroom and football field in the fall of 2011.

Cornwell sat out that season to help his ailing mother. As a result, this year will mark the fifth since Cornwell began ninth grade in Omaha, Neb.

Under normal circumstances, the OSSAA denies requests for hardship waivers without much hesitation.

This case, the OSSAA determined, qualified as something beyond the normal circumstances.

The Cornwells have been saying as much for months.