GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Fruita Monument football team will start the 2011 season on CHSAA's restriction list, meaning they're not eligible for post-season play.
The Wildcats violated the CHSAA Bulletin by wearing helmets at a mini-camp prior to the first official day of practice (August 15th). They then self-reported the infraction, which resulted in a restriction for the upcoming season.
First year head coach Sean Mulvey took full responsibility. "It was an oversight on my part," said Mulvey. "I took a look at some stuff back in May when I sent my paper work to go to the Mesa Camp and it was just a complete oversight on my part. You know it was a mistake. I had my kids out here in helmets and we weren't supposed to be so we turned ourselves in and we rectified the mistaken and we fixed it."
The Wildcats open the season this Friday at No. 5 Broomfield. Their first four games are against top-10 teams. Six of their nine regular season games are also against top-10 teams.
The Grand Junction Tigers were in a similar situation last fall when they were put on a restriction for an off-season workout. The Tigers were taken off of restriction on October 7th.
For more reaction from both Mulvey and Athletic Director Denny Squibb, go to "KKCO 11 Sports" on facebook.