DALLAS -- The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Friday morning that it has stripped Dallas Madison High School of its last two 3A state championship boys' basketball titles after a News 8 investigation revealed that the school had an ineligible player on its roster.
Johnathan Turner, 19, was recruited to play on Madison's last two championship teams, despite the fact that he did not live with his family inside the school's attendance zone.
Instead, Turner lived in a house in far South Dallas with Troy Causey, 18, who played for another Dallas ISD school, Wilmer Hutchins. Causey, News 8 found, also was recruited and was living away from his family, who lived in the Richardson ISD attendance zone.
In March - weeks after Madison repeated as state champions in Austin - police say that roommates Turner and Causey began arguing over a video game. Causey was beaten to death on the street outside the home, and Turner was charged with manslaughter.
UIL rules forbid players from switching schools for athletics purposes and require student athletes to live within their school's geographic boundaries. Had the rules been followed, the two young men would not have been living together, and Causey would likely not have died.
Beginning in 2012, News 8 uncovered rampant violations of recruiting and residency rules at Dallas Kimball High School's basketball program. Despite the discoveries, Kimball has kept its 4A state titles in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
In fact, no significant changes were made in response to News 8's findings until the station revealed how cheating played a role in Causey's death.
On June 6, after an internal investigation confirmed News 8's reporting, DISD Superintendent Mike Miles took action. He fired the district's top two athletic directors Jeff Johnson and Goree Johnson (no relation) and 13 others, including the head basketball coaches at Madison and Wilmer Hutchins.
Days later, after he threatened a WFAA reporter on Twitter, Kimball's head basketball coach, Royce 'Snoop' Johnson the son of Goree Johnson was also fired.
The firings are on appeal.
An earlier series of News 8 stories on grade changing resulted in South Oak Cliff being stripped of its 2005 and 2006 state championship basketball titles.
The Dallas School District released a statement Friday after the titles were stripped.
'After Dallas ISD self-reported the use of ineligible players in two of its boys basketball programs, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires that James Madison High School forfeit its 2013 and 2014 UIL boys' basketball state championships, and Wilmer-Hutchins High School forfeit all games played during the entire 2013-2014 boys basketball season.
While the UIL's decision will be disappointing for the players and schools involved, Dallas ISD accepts the ruling. Dallas ISD will use the lessons from this unfortunate situation to ensure our athletics programs uphold the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship.
Our new director of athletics, Gil Garza, brings more than 30 years of coaching and athletics leadership to the district, including an appointment by the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency to the University Interscholastic League State Executive Committee. He and his team are focused on restoring the credibility and strength of Dallas ISD's athletic programs.'
OnFriday, Yates High School inHouston learned that its basketball team was awarded the two titles which were stripped from MadisonHigh School.