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The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board has reviewed and approved hardships for football players who transferred from Hamilton that the Chandler Unified School District submitted, AIA Executive Director David Hines said.

But the number of the players whose transfers were approved won’t become public until early next week. 

Those approved will be immediately eligible to play this season and won’t have to sit out the first five games.

In a text Saturday morning, Hines said, “a number of hardships for students from Hamilton were submitted by the Chandler District for review by the Executive Board. The students reviewed were approved.”

But Chandler football coach Shaun Aguano hedged on Saturday morning when asked if all of his players who transferred in from Hamilton were approved.

“Some have and some haven’t,” Aguano said in a text message. 

Chandler’s big three from Hamilton are senior outside linebacker Brayden Flynn, senior defensive back Zeke Robbins and junior defensive back Avery Carrington.

Asked if those three have been approved, Aguano texted: “I can’t say till appeals on Tuesday.”

Hines also wouldn’t identify the players- or the number of players- whose transfers were approved. Several Hamilton football players transferred since last spring’s hazing scandal broke. The investigation led to the arrests of six players, three of whom were charged, including one as an adult. 

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Chandler police recommended to the Maricopa County Attorney that charges be pressed against former Hamilton coach Steve Belles, Principal Ken James and Athletic Director Shawn Rustad.

Parents of the victims have filed claims with the school district, seeking a total of $20 million.

Hines said the number of approved transfers will become available next week when the AIA releases its hardship minutes. On Tuesday, the AIA board begins hearing hardships of transfers for the fall sports. That process will conclude Aug. 23.

“At this time, I can only state that the schools have been notified if their students have been approved,” Hines said.

Chandler was the biggest beneficiary with Flynn being the most notable transfer. Flynn led the Huskies in sacks last season, committed to Navy and is among the top 10 linebackers in the state for the 2017 in azcentral sports’ rankings.

Scottsdale Saguaro sophomore defensive Damian Sellers transferred in from Hamilton this summer. Coach Jason Mohns said that he has not heard anything on Sellers’ status from the AIA.

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