Basketball Coach Jim Harris of Ocean View, the Southern Section 5-A runner-up, was relieved of his coaching duties Wednesday and two players were declared ineligible following a three-month Huntington Beach Union High School District investigation of complaints that the coach ran an unethical program.
Ocean View Principal John Myers said the team would forfeit its Sunset League championship and relinquish its runner-up plaque "if the CIF deems it appropriate." Ocean View finished the season with a 24-4 record.
In a prepared statement Wednesday, Myers said: "As a result of a thorough investigation conducted by the Huntington Beach Union High School District office, it was discovered that two members of the 1984-85 boys varsity basketball team were ineligible. Therefore, I have notified Sunset League officials that Ocean View High will forfeit all games won by the boys' varsity basketball team. In conclusion, there will be changes in the coaching staff."
Myers refused to identify the ineligible players, but it was learned that they were Lynwood sophomore transfers Ricky Butler and Desi Hazely.