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GHSA fines Tift County High School



The Georgia High School Association has fined Tift County High School after finding its boys basketball program held an improper practice.

Executive director Dr. Ralph Swearngin says however the GHSA investigation could not prove Tift County's boys basketball program had been recruiting or using undue influence to bring players from outside the county.


The GHSA investigation started last fall following a complaint from neighboring Turner County school system.

Dr. Swearngin says video evidence shows a non-student and a student who was not academically ineligible participating in a practice in November of 2011.

Swearngin says Tift County claims it was not a practice.

As for the recruiting accusations, Swearngin said it came down to a case of which side to believe.

After taking statements from both sides, Swearngin says the GHSA did not have any proof Tift County had recruited any player from another school.

Swearngin did say Tift County is on warning for the next year.

That he says could result in severe penalties if the school is found to have violated any rules in a new complaint or if any new evidence comes up in this case.

Turner County School superintendent Ray Jordan says he will abide by the GHSA finding and the report will stand for itself.

Tift County School superintendent Patrick Atwater said in a phone message he has been in meetings Tuesday and was just beginning to examine the GHSA findings.



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