SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- An undefeated central New York high school football team will not play in Saturday's championship game after a state appeals judge refused to lift a suspension for recruiting violations.
Skaneateles (skin-ee-AT'-luhs) Central School officials took the case to the Appellate Division, arguing the suspension was too severe and the team should be allowed to play for the Section III Class C title.
Section III's Athletic Council voted to suspend the team for the remainder of the season after a district investigation found an unnamed coach improperly recruited players from other schools.
A judge on Thursday left the suspension in place.
Head coach Tim Green, a former Syracuse All-American and eight-year NFL veteran, resigned Tuesday night in the wake of the suspension. He has denied any wrongdoing.