SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - In the middle of the best season in Islands High Sharks football history, the program is now in the Georgia High School Association’s crosshairs.
The school is appealing the GHSA ruling of eligibility violations by the football program.
If an appeal is denied, penalties could include fines, loss of eligibility of student-athletes, and forfeiture of games.
Fines for violations of bylaws 1.71-1.72 range from $1,000-$2,500, according to @OfficialGHSA constitution. Violations of bylaws 2.23-2.24 range from $250-$2,500, and $50-$250 for bylaw 2.27.
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System released the following statement:
"SCCPSS seeks to offer quality athletic programs for our student-athletes in a manner that aligns with the rules of the Georgia High School Association. Our work to follow the established rules and regulations throughout all of our high schools is a matter of priority as we seek to ensure that every student is afforded a fair, safe, and competitive athletic experience. GHSA has made a determination of violations of bylaws GHSA 1.71-1.72, GHSA 2.23, 2.24 and 2.27. If penalties are rendered, they could include fines and loss of eligibility for certain students as well as the forfeiture of any games they played in. The District continues to review all of the circumstances surrounding this situation and the school will file an appeal in response to the penalties. No penalties have been rendered while the appeal is active.
We appreciate the diligent process conducted by the Georgia High School Association and will continue to cooperate fully. We regret any adverse effect this situation has on the Islands High School Football program and its student-athletes. We remain committed to improving the operational practice of our athletic programs in a manner that will prove beneficial for all students and staff. As there are personnel and student matters associated with the GHSA findings, there will be no further information or comment provided on this matter."
GHSA says it will not comment on an investigation.
The Islands High team is off to a 5-0 start and is scheduled to play Jenkins High School on Thursday night in Savannah at Memorial Stadium.
The next GHSA appeal meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 8.