SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Beach High School football team has self-reported eligibility violations to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), according to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
GHSA has ruled that the Bulldogs must forfeit all six wins of the 2019 season. Beach was a #3 seed in Region 3-AAA but is now out of the state playoffs.
The change means that Windsor Forest is now the #3 seed while Southeast Bulloch slides into #4. A change that is reflected on GHSA playoff brackets.
According to the director of media relations for GHSA, Beach has appealed the decision. The Bulldogs were scheduled to have their hearing Tuesday, but will now have it Thursday at 10 a.m. Beach is paying for appeal board to be brought in.
The following statement is from the Savannah-Chatham school system:
"As a matter of our work to be vigilant in reviewing all aspects of the GHSA bylaws, Beach High School recently self-reported to the Georgia High School Association what was believed to be a possible issue regarding the eligibility of some players on the school’s football team. GHSA has reviewed the information and determined the need for sanctions to include the forfeiture of all games those players participated in and a $1,000 fine.
We regret the adverse effect these concerns will have on our students, coaches and school families. The District remains committed to improving the operational practice of all athletic programs. Our work to follow the established GHSA rules and regulations throughout all of our high schools is a matter of priority and has resulted in a full review of existing procedures and the establishment of processes that ensure staff, coaches, students, and parents have a full understanding of all aspects of the GHSA Bylaws. SCCPSS is committed to providing fair, competitive, and safe athletic opportunities in a manner that enhances positive learning experiences for all of our students.
As there are personnel and student matters associated with the GHSA investigation, there will be no further information or comment provided on this matter."
Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett released a response to all the recent GHSA investigations involving district schools. Please click here to read it.