The CIF-Southern Section today approved the transfer athletic eligibility of Michael and Connor Loftus at Servite. The brothers, football players, had transferred to Orange Lutheran earlier this year, but were ruled athletically ineligible at Lutheran because their transfer violated a CIF-SS rule. The Loftus brothers have returned to Servite, where they still retained athletic eligibility, but still needed to complete paperwork to confirm their athletic eligibility at Servite.
CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons said assistant commissioner Rob Wigod signed the Athletic Transfer Eligiblity Applitcation-Form 207 that had been submitted to the CIF-SS office. The completed and signed form verifies the athletic eligibility of the Loftus brothers at Servite. As the Loftus brothers had not participated in interscholastic athletics at Orange Lutheran in the previous 12-month period, there was no obstacle to their resumed athletic eligibility at Servite.
The Loftuses had been ruled athletically ineligible at Lutheran because of a violation of CIF rule 25, section 5, part d, which states that a transferred student cannot be athletically eligible for one calendar yar at a school at which a coach of that student’s sport has relocated from the the student’s previous school. Assistant football coaches Greg and Joe Cicero went from Servite to Orange Lutheran during the summer of 2007.
Michael, a kicker/punter/safety, will be a senior in the 2008-09 school year. Connor, a quarterback/safety/kicker, will be a sophomore in the 2008-09 school year.
– Steve Fryer