The Lady Patriots used an ineligible player for their first 22 games — 18 of which were victories — and will forfeit all of those wins. Oakland is 0-25 after Friday's 66-34 loss to Stewarts Creek.
"We have inadvertently violated (a TSSAA) rule," Spurlock said. "It wasn't intentional. However, we are culpable for the violation and will move on from it."
Oakland officials declined to identify the player.
Oakland also must pay a $100 fine for each contest in which the ineligible player participated, $2,200 total. It has yet to be determined whether the money will be paid by the school or basketball program.
The player had transferred from Siegel, where she played last season, to Oakland prior to the season. The family had residence in the Oakland zone and still had a residence in the Siegel zone.
That violated Section 2, Article 13 of the TSSAA bylaws regarding dual residency. An older family member still resided at the old residence.
"The student athlete lives in the Oakland zone with her mom and grandparents," Spurlock said. "Based on my interpretation, when you move with an athletic record, no one that was in the former domicile can remain there who was part of the family."
The matter was brought to the attention of the TSSAA, which investigated for several days before sending an official letter to Oakland Friday.
In almost 30 years of coaching, it's the first TSSAA violation of any kind for Oakland coach Jennifer Grandstaff.
"I had no idea there was even a possibility of a dual residence," Grandstaff said. "We were thrown off guard. We were apprehensive to believe the allegations. I thought it was crazy. Just didn't believe it. We were totally blindsided.
"It's disheartening, very frustrating. It's immensely sad for Oakland High School, for the girls basketball program and for the student athlete. I don't believe it was her intention to commit a violation. I don't think the family intentionally tried to commit a violation. In their eyes I think they did everything they needed to do to do it correctly for the individual to play. They thought they had done everything in their power to make a legal move for the student athlete to be eligible."
"We brought it up to our players and members of our boosters earlier this week. We told them they were allegations until we had proof. They've handled it well."
Oakland is 0-11 in District 7-AAA play. The team has one more district game left at Siegel before pairings are determined for the league tournament.
Every district team plays in the league tournament and has an opportunity to advance. The top four teams from the 7-AAA tourney will advance to the region.
"(It's a) bump in the road in terms of set goals at beginning of the year," Grandstaff said. "It's an obstacle obviously that we’ll have to overcome. It doesn't mean we can’t achieve what we set out to achieve all along."
VIA - Cecil Joyce , USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee