Prime Prep plays first game, school's board apologizes

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 1:31 PM

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DALLAS - Despite word that the team would not be eligible to play football, Prime Prep Academy took to the field against Dallas Parish Episcopal Friday night, although the results were not pretty.

Prime Prep lost the game 50-6.

Two weeks ago, a local UIL executive committee voted not to allow Deion Sanders' new charter school, Prime Prep Academy, to play sports this year. Two days earlier, the entire football team halted traffic to cross a busy street to confront our camera trying to tape a practice.

Yet Sanders' fledgling charter school football team believes it is ready for Prime Time.

Sanders, a lightning rod for controversy, fielded a team of mostly underclassmen, playing their hearts out in a game that didn’t count.

That’s because it's their first year, and most of the players are ineligible. Meanwhile 30 miles away in a high-end hotel in Fort Worth, Prime Prep Academy's three-member Board discussed the actions of the students Wednesday when they acted out on a busy city street.

The incident was briefly addressed by the academy's CEO D.L. Wallace during the board meeting.

"The fact is that every student at Prime Prep understands there's a level of accountability,” Wallace said to the board. “There's a level of professionalism, there's a code of conduct, and those things had to be emphasized."

Wallace said he plans to meet with students individually and reinforce his code of conduct.

The question remains: What about the coaches — Deion Sanders and other adults — who let the situation get out of hand on Wednesday?

Wallace declined to discuss the issue with News 8. He did refer us to a news release posted on the school's website.

That statement, in part, reads:

"Our governing body will continue to investigate this matter and will ensure going forward that all individuals affiliated with our school exhibit the leadership, character and professional conduct that is consistent with our vision and mission."

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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