School team accused of using slick strategy

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

DENVER (AP) -- A defending state champion football team is accused of using some slick tactics.

High school athletic officials said Loveland players smeared their uniforms with the nonstick slick cooking spray Pam and must address the issue before the team can proceed in the playoffs in defense of its title.

''It's something I've never come across. I've talked to officials, and they said it doesn't happen a lot,'' said Bill Reader, associate commissioner of the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Officials determined that the spray was put on their uniforms Friday during a 20-12 Northern League defeat of Greeley Central.

''I don't know if it altered the outcome of the game, but they were a little more difficult to block and tackle,'' said Steve Burch, Greeley Central head coach.

There are no grounds for a forfeit, Reader said, but the use of the substance violated the national rule that bans the alteration of game jerseys.

Loveland athletic director Devin Anderson said school officials were working on an appropriate response.

''In high school sports we're supposed to be teaching the lessons of life. I guess competition brings out the best and worst in people,'' Burch added.

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