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Public and Private High Schools Had About the Same Number of Student Athlete Recruiting Violations, Report No. 06-65, October 2006
 
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  • The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), which investigates allegations of prohibited student athlete recruiting, found 35 schools guilty of such violations over the last nine years.  These violations were committed by coaches, school administrators, parents and boosters, and involved a variety of prohibited recruiting situations and inducements such as private school scholarships and promises of a starting position and/or increased playing time.  Public and private schools were involved in about the same number of confirmed recruiting violations.
  • Most schools’ penalties included a combination of probation and a fine.  Twenty-eight schools received total fines ranging from $250 to $13,688, while 32 schools were placed on some form of probation.  Of the 35 confirmed cases, nine were appealed to either the FHSAA Board or a court of law; each of these appeals was unsuccessful. 


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