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CIF state appeals committee upholds Spillner ineligibility ruling

NU transfer ineligible to play for Colfax High this season
By: Mike Ray, of the Auburn Journal
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A three-person California Interscholastic Federation state-level appeals committee has upheld a decision made by CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Michael Garrison in June to deny Colfax High senior Justus Spillner eligibility in football this season.

Spillner, a 6-3 220-pound quarterback with two seasons of varsity experience at Nevada Union, transferred to Colfax in January without his parents making a bona fide move to Colfax from Grass Valley.

Thanks to a “30-day” transfer rule that the CIF began using in 2013, Spillner, with approval from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, would normally have been eligible to play at Colfax Oct. 1. 

However, in Spillner’s case,  the transfer was deemed “athletically motivated,” making Spillner ineligible for the entire upcoming season. He won't get another snap at the high school level.

Spiller appealed the decision to the CIF state level and a hearing was held in Lodi on July 29.

While the CIF does not announce appeals committee rulings, Spillner’s family confirmed Wednesday morning that they had received the e-mail upholding the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section decision.

Earlier, Jason Spillner, Justus’ father and a former resources officer on the NU campus and a football assistant coach, said his family’s decision to have Justus transfer to Colfax was based solely on academics, and since the transfer he has seen “great academic growth” by his son.

“We just wanted to put (Justus) in a situation that gave him the best opportunity to succeed, and Colfax fits that to a T,” Jason said. “He really likes his teachers and the small school setting.”

It is not known if Spillner will pursue further legal action to try and invoke a stay on the CIF’s ruling.