SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS) — The Bellevue High School football program has been punished with a four-year postseason ban after an investigation by the KingCo conference determined Bellevue committed violations in recruiting.
The ban was announced Tuesday.
“You may not like the football program, and I can live with that,” coach Butch Goncharoff told KING 5. “But don’t punish these kids.”
In a released list of Bellevue High School’s violations, the investigation determined “a preponderance of evidence” found:
- Boosters paid tuition of athletes at the Academic Institute.
- Athletes used false addresses to gain eligibility.
- Coaches coordinated payments for athletes.
- Financial payments were made to coaches without approval from the BSD Board of Directors.
- Financial payments to support football camp are/were excessive and in violation of WIAA Rule 27.1.0
- There was a failure to self-report money provided to a players’ family.
- Athletes have been illegally recruited.
As a result of the sanctions (all have been listed in the report here) the football program will not be allowed to participate in the postseason or play out-of-state opponents for four years. The contract for coaches involved in violations will not be renewed for two years.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll weighed in on the ban Tuesday morning.