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Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:59 pm | Updated: 4:07 pm, Tue Sep 2, 2014.

The Mountain View football program continues to sort though an Arizona Interscholastic Association investigation into allegations of improper recruiting, causing them to play shorthanded Thursday night against Marana.

Mountain View Athletic Director Todd Garelick declined to identify which players were at the center of the investigation, but did acknowledge that a small number of players were held out "voluntarily" until the matter is settled.

“We have provided the AIA with the documents they have requested,” Garelick explained. “We are hoping for a ruling soon. We feel confident that our evidence is strong in this case.”

The players have not been ruled inelgible as of yet, but Garlelick did not want to risk a possible forfeit in case the players end up being ruled ineligible.

Three Tucson High transfers, Bryce Coleman, DeShaun Flannigan and Demetrius Flannigan were in street clothes on Thursday. Demetrius Flannigan has verbally committed to play football for the University of Arizona.

Garelick said he remained optimistic that the players and school would be cleared of any wrongdoing.

A fourth player, former Pusch Ridge player Isaiah Lovett, is ineligible pending appeal. Lovett, whose family has lived within the Mountain View boundaries for years, left Pusch Ridge over the summer. His father, former Arizona running back and current Wildcat broadcaster Lamont Lovett, said Pusch Ridge released Isaiah and that the tuitition was a hardship on the family.

Mountain View next faces Cienega on the road on Friday night. 

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