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Skaneateles CSD sends final football recruitment investigation report to Section III - UPDATED

Lays out multiple determinations of knowledgeable rulebreaking

— The report also concludes that after extensive investigations, all members of the varsity football were determined to be eligible to play football for the 2011 season.

The report stated that the Skaneateles school district was made aware of recruiting allegations against the varsity football coach beginning in March 2010, some of them stemming from interactions between the coach and certain attendees of the three-day Tim Green Football Camp hosted in Skaneateles in summer 2010.

The district opened an investigation in May 2011 and interviewed more than 60 individuals.

“The process took significantly longer than had been expected due to the nature, quality and volume of information provided coupled with the apparent lack of clarity with respect to the NYSPHAA rules,” the report stated.

The Skaneateles CSD also stated in the report its “deep dissatisfaction” with the NYSPHAA Handbook and its lack of guidance on how a district specifically determines whether recruitment and undue influence actually occurred.

Section III Athletics now will review the report and make its own determination or recommendations to the school district as to what, if any, actions must be taken to address the issue.

The possible penalties Section III could levy against the district range from educating the district’s coaches on the regulations regarding recruiting to putting the district on probation to sanctioning the district and not allowing Skaneateles to host any sectional games in any sport, or, the harshest possible penalty, declaring some or all of the team’s previous victories forfeit.

The Lakers have an 8-0 record this season, and are scheduled to play in the Section C semi-final game against Utica Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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