Leeds School System Superintendent John Moore said he contacted Steve Savarese, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, on March 13.
“I contacted him to report what appeared to be a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules, and Mr. Savarese immediately ordered an investigation,” Moore said.
According to Moore, the investigation confirmed that an ineligible player, a nonresident of Leeds, played on the football and basketball teams this year. As a consequence, Leeds will pay a $300 fine, forfeit all wins in both sports, and be placed on a one-year probation.
“This is a sad day for Leeds,” Moore said. “It is a sad day for our community and school system. We have had so many positives to happen in the past six years and athletics led the way.
"It is a sad day for the Leeds students who had no part in this, but must suffer the ignominy of playing on a winless team. How this sad chapter occurred and was allowed to happen is the subject of our ongoing investigation. If it happened from gross negligence or insensitivity to obvious facts, the Leeds BOE will see that this does not happen again. We will put procedures in place to make sure this will not happen again.
"To say that we are exasperated over what is a grievous development for the Leeds School System would be an understatement.”
Efforts to reach head football coach Keith Etheredge were unsuccessful.
The football team finished the season 10-3. Moore said the record would now be 1-12 because the ineligible player did not play in one of the Green Wave wins.
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