DISD superintendent considering athletic department changes

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

DALLAS -- DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said he is considering changes in his athletics department following both a News 8 and an internal investigation.

District investigators just released the results of a six-month review focused on alleged illegal recruiting that some say is a problem throughout DISD.

The issue stems from a News 8 investigation into alleged improper recruiting by state basketball champs, the Kimball Knights. Our investigation last May raised serious questions about how nearly the entire basketball team, some of the top players in the nation, all ended up on the same team. News 8 uncovered a legacy of mysterious transfers by top players to Kimball, possibly in violation of state rules.

Two days ago, DISD released results of their it's own investigation, which not only substantiated our reporting, it went even further. Investigators found what they called "a concerted attempt by a few parents, teachers, school administrators, coaches and District athletic administrators to tacitly recruit students into the various athletic programs in the Dallas ISD."

Friday, DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said while he's still reviewing the findings of the report, he already anticipates changes will be made.

"But we are looking at all of our athletic programs,” Miles said. “We know we need to have a better way of monitoring of what we are doing in our athletic program and we are looking into that."

Superintendent Miles has already fired one Kimball coach for improper recruiting and changed some policies. No word yet on whether consideration is being given to stripping Kimball of its state basketball crown.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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