Running back Sean Burwell's bid to play football this season hit a roadblock Thursday when a City Section rules subcommittee recommended to deny the junior athletic eligibility at Cleveland High.
Burwell, who rushed for 1,211 yards last season at Chaminade, is seeking eligibility under a provision that allows players to change schools without changing their home address if they prove hardship. Burwell lives within Cleveland's attendance boundaries and is enrolled at the school but has not changed his address.
The City's Interscholastic Athletic Committee is scheduled to make a final determination on his eligibility Monday. Sharon Burwell, Sean's mother, has provided financial statements and will testify regarding the hardship petition. If IAC votes to uphold the subcommittee's recommendation, Burwell will be ineligible for the 1987 season.
"It doesn't look too good," said Cleveland Coach Steve Landress, who confirmed the preliminary ruling.
City Section Commissioner Hal Harkness declined comment.
Burwell withdrew from Chaminade, a private parochial school in Canoga Park, protesting disciplinary measures taken after he was involved in an on-campus incident over the summer.