"Absolutely not," he said. "We received a letter of inquiry concerning the matter from an individual. We are very careful with these things, and only do an inquiry when we receive written documentation from someone.
"I do not know who the person works for. They are from a county that borders Randolph County, but it wasn't made from an official capacity like a coach or principal of another school or anything of that nature."
Elkins has wins against Oak Hill, Hampshire, Buckhannon-Upshur, Preston, Fairmont Senior, Philip Barbour and East Fairmont. Any school that lost to the Tigers stands to gain 12 base points toward the SSAC's playoff rating formula for the forfeit. Of those teams, Oak Hill (5-3, No. 18) and Hampshire (5-3, No. 20) are the only ones ranked in the Class AAA top 20.
Class AA opponents Fairmont Senior (4-4, No. 19) and Philip Barbour (5-4, No. 14) are in the playoff hunt in their division.
Of those four schools, only Philip Barbour is in a county that neighbors Randolph County. Elkins beat the Colts 35-25 on Oct. 4.
Ray said that the playoff rankings will be adjusted once the number of forfeits is finalized, but that he does not expect the process to last much longer. He added that based upon Elkins High's cooperation, he does not expect an appeal to the SSAC's final decision.
"The ratings will be adjusted by Tuesday," he said.