Bassick’s football team forfeited its only victory of the season due to the use of ineligible player and second-year coach Mike Rodrigues has resigned, the Connecticut Post reported Wednesday night.
Bridgeport citywide athletic director Chris Johnson told the Post his office was alerted to the possibility that Bassick has been using an ineligible player. “We investigated it. Sure enough there was an ineligible player out there.”
Johnson said the player in question appeared during the 34-6 victory over CREC on Oct. 24 and during a 24-6 loss to Platt Tech on Saturday. Asked if Rodrigues knew the player was ineligible, Johnson told reporter Doug Bonjour, “That’s a conversation that we did not have, but I’d like to believe he knew.”
Bridgeport self-reported the incidents and the CIAC immediately docked the Lions their only victory. Bassick is now 0-7.
Rodrigues, who was an assistant under former coach Derrick Lewis, resigned immediately. He was replaced by assistant Brandon Blank.
CREC’s 1-0 forfeit victory does give Hillhouse and, possibly, East Haven’s playoff points a boost. Hillhouse received 10 extra points for its victory over CREC. East Haven plays the Co-Op this week, and a win will now be worth 10 points extra.