Buzzy Yokoyama still has a picture on his Twitter profile of him in a Newport Harbor High football uniform. He has his back turned to the camera after scoring a touchdown last season.
That will not happen again with the Sailors. The standout running back is officially gone from Newport Harbor.
The CIF Southern Section approved Yokoyama's transfer to Mission Viejo High, making him athletically eligible to compete in his senior year after a valid change of residence, said Thom Simmons, a section spokesperson.
Simmons said Newport Harbor signed off on Yokoyama's transfer.
"The paperwork came in and the former school did not indicate on the 510 [transfer] form that there was previous pre-enrollment contact with the new school," Simmons said. "All the paperwork, the gas bill, the electricity bill, lease for a new residence, all of that is up to the receiving school to validate a residential change. We do not verify the new residence."