ONLY ON 3: NCHSAA loophole allows Kirk to play for two teams in same season
 

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- If you have ever seen Whiteville’s Shaun Kirk play basketball it is obvious that every team on the state would want to have him. Thanks to an NCHSAA loophole Kirk has been able to suit up for two different teams this season.

As a sophomore Shaun Kirk was a standout at Whiteville, but over the summer he decided to transfer to Flora-MacDonald Academy in Red Springs to try and generate more college interest.

"It was a great opportunity for me to go there and play against higher competition,” said Shaun Kirk.

While at Flora-MacDonald, Kirk reclassified as a sophomore and played the entire basketball season.

Once their basketball season and six week semester ended on February 14th, Kirk transferred back to Whiteville just in time for the playoffs, but was once again a junior.

"I didn't think that I was going to be able to come back and play, but I was able to, and that's what made me happy,” Kirk.

"They talked to him first and then they talked to me as a coach and we had a little meeting,” said Whiteville Head Coach Jerry Singletary. “I told them it's their vote, but I'm the overall I got the biggest vote but it had to be about them. It's not about him it's about us and that's what he understands."

Whiteville administration did check with the NCHSAA, who cleared Kirk to play because of a loophole that allows students to transfer back and forth from public to private schools without punishment.

However, if a student was to transfer from one public school to another public school they could be suspended from play for up to one year.

"I did it for my family really and it's just great for me to come back and help out my team and my family,” said Kirk. “I'm glad I came back."

Kirk said after the game that he had division one scholarship offers from VCU and Auburn. Kirk has also received interest from Kansas, Kansas State, NC State, and UNC.

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How would any self-respecting coach allow a player to join his team just for the playoffs. It is called "win at all costs". The other players that have been there all year sits while this kid takes the court. So very typical of this overall program. Winning a state championship with players from all the county schools and kids from Bladen county. If you do not see anything wrong with this you are an unethical person that is dragging down our society.

Rules for public school sports should be the same as private's ! We were told we should reclassify our son because he's so young for his grade ( fifteen-year-old sophomore). Truth is, any decent athlete can be a stallion if they repeat one or several years! Letting the kid go back within the SAME season..Are you kidding me? What's next, transferring to schools in different states so you can reclassify as many times as you want? We're teaching our kids how to 'cheat the system' if we allow that, but it doesn't surprise me! Athletes do this all the time and we have now become immune to it but it's definitely cheating. The true definition; to act unfairly in order to gain an advantage! We're used to it but don't kid yourself, it IS what they're doing-- just OWN it!

Unfortunately, the coach, athletic director, principal and school board members all missed the boat on this one. I am sure he is a great kid but none of you stood up for the other players who worked so hard for the entire season. I along with many other residents are not pleased that our school district officials allowed this to happen. Maybe there is a loophole to let all of you out of your school district contract.

Does anyone else see something wrong with all this? You have a child that enrolls at a private school and is listed as a sophomore and then when the child returns back to Whiteville High School, just in time for the playoffs mind you, he is listed as a junior? The rules that private schools follow need to be tightened up. It is a sad attempt for the private schools to use a child based on their athletic abilities to bolster their athletic programs. There is no team logic in this child's mindset. How do we allow a child to play an entire season with one team and then come into the playoffs and allow this child to play with another? I wonder what the other members on Whiteville's boys basketball team think of this decision since they have been the ones who wanted to be on the team the entire year? Sounds selfish to me.

Two things happening here. 1) He went to Flora MacDonald because he was offered the chance by the coach there. The coach was fired because of unethical things including money. When the athletic program at Flora Macdonald crumbled with this scam, he decided to go back home. 2) The reason he was reclassed was because he was not academically fit to go into the private school as a junior.

Why is this the private school's fault?

I am very close to the child mentioned in this news piece. First, let me start by saying he is a Great kid. The decision for this child to return home was HIS decision. Just because it is Whiteville people say its cheating. He would have originally been apart of the team in Whiteville. The question was raised about how does the other kids on the team feel. They ALL agree and welcomed him back. I also see the comment that Whiteville always has transfers, which maybe they do. I will ask this question, If u had a child that was very gifted athleticly would u allow him to waste away at a school where they would not receive exposure, or get them somewhere they will be seen and given a chance to flourish???

I am very close to the child mentioned in this news piece. First, let me start by saying he is a Great kid. The decision for this child to return home was HIS decision. Just because it is Whiteville people say its cheating. He would have originally been apart of the team in Whiteville. The question was raised about how does the other kids on the team feel. They ALL agree and welcomed him back. I also see the comment that Whiteville always has transfers, which maybe they do. I will ask this question, If u had a child that was very gifted athleticly would u allow him to waste away at a school where they would not receive exposure, or get them somewhere they will be seen and given a chance to flourish???

I don't see anything wrong with it, This young man is from Whiteville and he wanted to come back home to his family and friends to play basketball, If you watch this young man play he plays with heart.

This is typical for Whiteville. They normally have an all county team made up of surrounding counties, but mainly Columbus County.

Will he be transferring back to the private school next year?

No. He is committed to playing for the Pack. We earmarked enough booster club money to provide housing for his family until the spring of his senior year.

Earmark booster money? Are you trying to be funny? Players parents can't be given money to live in a district. But I'm sure you knew that and are just trolling.