Already limited to seven regular season games instead of eight, Wayzata's Oct. 1 game with Bradenton Prep Academy is now off the schedule because the Florida school cancelled the remainder of its football season.
According to an article published Sept. 11 in the Bradenton Herald:
School CEO Hendrik Lamprecht said he threw about 20 players off the team and out of school who were being disruptive and who decided to put athletics over academics.
"I cannot afford any more disruptions,” Lamprecht said Friday. “We will get this school back to what it is supposed to be, and that is an academic school.”
Of the approximately 27 players on the team — known formerly as Bradenton Prep — Lamprecht said eight remained, including just one senior.Back in Minnesota, Wayzata activities director Jaime Sherwood said filling the Oct. 1 open date will be "a long shot."
Bradenton Prep's football team had other troubles during its now truncated season. A game against Redwater High in Texas was cancelled over concerns that seven of Bradenton's players were too old to play high school football in Texas. Bradenton school officials later discovered at least two players were post-graduates who earned diplomas at other high schools.
Also from the Bradenton Herald: the team resigned from the Florida High School Athletic Association in Oct. 2008 "after being fined more than $34,000 for violating association bylaws."