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April 23, 2021

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South Pittsburg On Two-Year Probation For Breaking Recruiting Rule

South Pittsburg On Two-Year Probation For Breaking Recruiting Rule

South Pittsburg has been given hit with sanctions by the TSSAA for breaking Article II, Section 17 which deals with the recruiting rule.

 

According to a letter sent by TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress to South Pittsburg principal Tim Bible, the Pirates had players house rent paid by the South Pittsburg Quarterback Club.

 

The letter states: The South Pittsburg High School administration looked into each allegation and found that the rent for one of the families in question had been paid by the Booster Club in order to keep them in South Pittsburg because they were about to get evicted.

 

Documentation which verified this claim also accompanied the information we originally received in our office. The administration at South Pittsburg High School provided documentation debunking the allegations about the second family.

 

It was alleged that one of the families is living in an apartment owned by a South Pittsburg assistant coach. The South Pittsburg High School administration provided documentation debunking this allegation. The academic eligibility of the student from East Ridge High School was also being questioned.

 

It was reported to our office that the student earned zero credits at East Ridge before transferring but became academically eligible over the summer after transferring to South Pittsburg. The South Pittsburg High School administration provided documentation debunking this allegation.

 

South Pittsburg will have the following punishments:

 

*South Pittsburg High School will dissolve the South Pittsburg High Quarterback club beginning on April 1, 2021, through April 1, 2022. The club can apply for reinstatement on April 2, 2022.

 

* South Pittsburg High School will require all funds in the South Pittsburg High Quarterback club account to be turned over to South Pittsburg High School. This money will go into a restricted account for football only and will be subject to the accounting rules of South Pittsburg High School.

 

* South Pittsburg High School will place the football program on probation for two calendar years beginning April 1, 2021 and continuing through April 1, 2023.

 

During the first year of probation:

*Reduce the number of Spring Practice days from 12 within a 15-day period to 5 within a 10-day period.

 

*No scrimmaging allowed during Spring Practice.

 

* No 7-on-7 scrimmages or competitions during the first year of probation.

*Conditioning and weightlifting only during the first week of summer practice, July 5-9 of 2021.

 

*Reduce the number of allowed fall 2021 scrimmages from 4 to  

 

 During the second year of probation:

*No scrimmaging allowed during Spring Practice.

 

*Reduce the number of fall scrimmages from 4 to 3.

 

The Pirates who finished 13-2 and finished as the Class 1A runner up to Fayetteville is currently one of nine schools statewide that are looking for a head coach after Vic Grider retired from his Alma mater last month.

 

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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