Brothers Josh and Terrance Stepoli have been ruled ineligible - again.
This saga is becoming so long that it takes a few paragraphs to explain. So here goes:
Last January, Terrance Stepoli left Monessen and transferred to Greensburg Central Catholic. A few weeks later, younger brother Josh left Monessen and also transferred to GCC.
The WPIAL ruled both ineligible, saying they transferred at least partly for athletic intent. But as in many cases, the PIAA overturned the ruling and made the Stepolis ineligibile.
The Stepolis played football for GCC and were starters on the basketball team, but left the GCC team in January. GCC coaches said the brothers quit to concentrate on football. Who really knows why they were no longer on the team.
Anyway, in early March, the story took another turn when the Stepolis transferred back to Monessen. Their father had never moved, so the Stepolis continued to live in Monessen, even when they attended Greensburg Central Catholic. But the story doesn't end there. The WPIAL held a hearing with the Stepolis yesterday, their father and school officials. They ruled the Stepolis ineligible for a year from the date of transfer, saying they moved back to Monessen, at least partly for athletic reasons, which is against WPIAL and PIAA rules.
The story isn't over, though. The Stepolis can appeal the decision to the PIAA level.
Terrance Stepoli is a senior, so this ruling doesn't make much of a difference to him, although he told the WPIAL he was planning to compete in track and field at Monessen.
But Josh Stepoli is a different story. He is only a junior, 6 feet 7 and is considered a Division I college prospect for football.
Stay tuned on this one, but wonder if you're getting tired of hearing about these two?