The SSAC apparently had no provision in its bylaws to recognize the McKinney-Vento Act, and spent the weekend working with its attorney to come up with a solution.
"At the request of this office,'' the SSAC statement said, "the West Virginia State Board of Education reviewed the federal law cited by the Randolph County superintendent, and concluded that under these particular facts and circumstances of this case, the student athlete in question is eligible for interscholastic athletic competition in West Virginia because of federal law.''
The SSAC will release its updated playoff ratings today, and nearly every Kanawha Valley AAA team will be affected by the restoration of Elkins' eligibility.
For instance, Hurricane and Capital drop from eighth and nine, respectively, to ninth and 10th because Elkins moves into the No. 8 spot. All three have one game remaining Friday.
Meanwhile, South Charleston, which has completed its regular season, jumps from No. 17 to No. 16 since Oak Hill does not receive a forfeit from its game against Elkins. Oak Hill drops from 11th to 17th in AAA.
The ratings will be similarly affected in AA, but not Class A, which remained unchanged throughout last week's proceedings.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.