Documents: Coaches admit falsifying records in DISD recruiting investigation

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by JASON TRAHAN

WFAA

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

DALLAS -- DISD internal investigative reports obtained by News 8 on 11 coaches and athletic administrators show how rampant recruiting is at some high schools.

In the reports, DISD coaches admitted to routinely falsifying student-eligibility paperwork. And the district's former University Interscholastic League (UIL) compliance officer, who was among those fired this month, told investigators that some coaches serving on oversight committees approved other schools' improper athlete transfers so that theirs would not be voted down.

The UIL, which governs high school extracurricular activities in Texas, bans coaches and administrators from recruiting players from outside their attendance zones and prohibits students from switching schools for athletic purposes.

In all, 15 coaches and administrators were fired in the recruiting scandal this month, including the head basketball coaches at Dallas Madison and Wilmer-Hutchins.

The head basketball coach of Dallas Kimball also was fired days later after posting threats on Twitter aimed at WFAA reporter Brett Shipp, who uncovered the scandal.

Shipp uncovered the recruiting allegations while investigating the death of Wilmer-Hutchins basketball player Troy Causey. Police say he was beaten to death in March by his roommate, Madison High basketball player Johnathan Turner. Neither player was living with his parents (despite what their eligibility paperwork stated) and both were recruited, relatives said.

DISD officials have forwarded its internal investigation findings to UIL officials in Austin, who are evaluating whether to strip Dallas Madison of its 3A state championship title for using ineligible players.

E-mail jptrahan@wfaa.com

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