from the Guilford County Schools site at www.gcsnc.com:
Seven additional athletes in four sports declared ineligible
Seven student-athletes at Northern High School were declared ineligible today by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Guilford County Schools (GCS) officials completed their investigation into athletic eligibility issues at the school late last week and reported their findings to the NCHSAA on Thursday. The athletes participated in varsity football, junior varsity football, varsity menâ€™s swimming, varsity and junior varsity baseball, and menâ€™s track.
In each sport except varsity and junior varsity baseball, school officials applied appropriate or â€œreasonable scrutinyâ€ in determining the studentsâ€™ athletic eligibility, the NCHSAA found. As a result, the junior varsity team must pay a $500 fine and forfeit any games in which the athlete dressed out. That fine was reduced to $250 for self-reporting. Since the varsity baseball team had already forfeited its season due to an earlier eligibility violation, the team was not punished further.
According to the NCHSAA, entire teams are punished only if school officials â€“ principals, coaches and athletic directors â€“ violate the rules or fail to provide a â€œreasonableâ€ amount of oversight and due diligence in determining a studentâ€™s athletic eligibility. If student-athletes or their parents/legal guardians violate the rules, the student-athletes are penalized by having their athletic eligibility revoked for 365 days. They also have to return any medals, points or awards.
In total, 12 student-athletes in 10 sports at Northern have been found ineligible since the probe by the district began last fall. Last year, 653 student-athletes competed on 37 teams at Northern. The entire school was placed on probation last spring by the NCHSAA for a one-year period, which means Northern teams may still compete but will be monitored closely by the organization for the 2009-10 school year. The findings released today are considered part of the original investigation and do not affect the length of the probationary period.
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