The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has levied penalties on the Daviess County High School football program for the use of an ineligible player during the 2009 season, the Messenger-Inquirer learned on Wednesday night.
Due to the KHSAA's decision, upheld on appeal:
* DCHS head coach Marcus Kimbrell must sit out the Panthers' 2010 season-opener on Aug. 27 against Bowling Green in the Independence Bank Border Bowl.
* The Panthers must forfeit three of four varsity victories (games the ineligible player participated in) during the 2009 season, as well as two junior varsity victories.
* DCHS must pay a $300 fine.
* DCHS principal Anthony W. Sparks must send a letter to each school the Panthers competed against in '09, stating that the school used an ineligible player.
In February, DCHS athletic director Doug Sandifer discovered that a member of the football team had been two-tenths of a credit shy of eligibility for the '09 season.