pertaining to eligibility issues associated with Trotwood-Madison High
School’s football program, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced,
and the school and OHSAA have come to an agreement on penalties that
will be assessed against the school. The ruling was made following an
OHSAA investigation that lasted over seven months.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has concluded its findings pertaining to eligibility issues associated with Trotwood-Madison High School’s football program, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced, and the school and OHSAA have come to an agreement on penalties that will be assessed against the school. The ruling was made following an OHSAA investigation that lasted over seven months.
Two senior students have been declared ineligible for interscholastic athletic participation in any OHSAA member school for one year beginning August 1, 2008, in accordance with Bylaws 4-1-2 and 11-2-1, falsification of information for the purpose of establishing eligibility in a member school. The students were in violation of Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 1, Transfers. Because of the 42-day provisions of Bylaw 11-1-1, there is no requirement to forfeit any contests in which the ineligible students participated.
The school has also suspended its head football coach for three weeks and has dismissed an assistant football coach from his coaching duties for violating Bylaw 4-9-3, Recruiting, when they contacted students from other high schools for the purpose of influencing them to transfer to Trotwood-Madison. The head coach will be suspended from coaching in practices and contests for weeks three, four and five of the regular season, during which time he will also not be permitted to have any contact with team members.
In addition, Trotwood-Madison’s football program has been placed on two year’s probation.
“This has been a long process, but we have conducted a thorough review of the information and have had great cooperation from Trotwood-Madison officials in bringing this situation to finality,” Ross said.
“We are pleased that the school’s administration understands the severity of these violations, both parties are in agreement with the penalties that have been levied and the school has developed a corrective action plan to ensure that this situation will not occur in the future.”
“We appreciate the OHSAA working closely with us on this situation,” said Gerald Cox, principal at Trotwood-Madison High School. “The information that was shared with us indicates that there was a pattern of inappropriate action that occurred, so we believe the penalties that were agreed upon are appropriate.
“While we are disappointed that this situation has occurred, we have the utmost respect for the OHSAA and Commissioner Ross and plan to reinforce to our coaches, staff and community that upholding the standards of the OHSAA are of utmost importance to ensure that our student-athletes have the best experience possible while participating in interscholastic athletics.”