Armwood OL Gabe Nold's quest to have his eligibility restored will stretch at least another month.
Florida High School Athletic Association spokesman Corey Sobers told the Times today that Nold, a Wharton transfer whose case was heard by the FHSAA Board of Directors on Sunday, now must reappear before the Section 3 Appeals Committee in November.
The board made no ruling Sunday on Nold, who was deemed ineligible by Armwood principal Michael Ippolito earlier this year for what he deemed false residence information. The next step, Sobers said, is a return to the appeals committee, which already unanimously denied his appeal in August.
The committee meets Thursday, but Sobers said Nold must wait until the Nov. 1 meeting in Bradenton. Armwood's final regular season game, against King, is Nov. 2.
"There's a deadline to submit the materials, which is usually a good three or four weeks in advance (of the meeting)," Sobers said. "That gives the committee time to prepare and be familiar with the case."
The attorney and family of Nold, an honor student whose parents are separated, have maintained all along that Nold transferred from Wharton after moving in with his father in a small apartment in Armwood's school zone.
On Sunday, his Tampa-based attorney, Peter Hobson, provided records showing that thousands of calls and text messages from Nold's phone were transmitted from a cell tower near the apartment. After no ruling was made, Hobson told the Times it was his understanding the board had referred the case back to Ippolito and FHSAA staff for a ruling.
Today, Sobers said it goes back to the appeals committee, which needs time to review the phone records.
Nold and fellow Hawks players Craig Carrington and Greg Newton, whose appeals were denied by the FHSAA board on Sunday, have practiced with the team all season despite being ineligible for games, Coach Sean Callahan said.