The Fort Thomas Board of Education has submitted a letter to the Kentucky Board of Education formally challenging the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's 2005 ruling, which led to the following sanctions on Highlands: a fine of $1500, the forfeiture of 12 wins from the 2004 season, a three-year probation period, and a two-scrimmage/ two-game suspension of Coach Mueller.
The sanctions stemmed from questions regarding the eligibility of Michael Mitchell, a player who transferred to Highlands for the 2004-2005 academic year. Despite being ruled eligible to play sports for Highlands by the courts, the KHSAA imposed penalties on the school for allowing Mitchell to play.
The Bluebirds won the 2004 Kentucky Class AAA state championship. The team went 14-1 on the field, but had its record changed to 2-13 following the KHSAA's sanctions. Because Mitchell did not play in the state title game, the KHSAA maintained Highlands' 2004 state championship.