Dallas school stripped of state basketball titles

UIL state basketball trophy
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AUSTIN (AP) — The governing body for high school sports in Texas announced Friday that a Dallas school is being stripped of its consecutive Class 3A state basketball titles because of an ineligible player.

The University Interscholastic League said in a statement that the Dallas Independent School District has forfeited the 2013 and 2014 boy’s titles won by Madison High School. The runner-up in those title games, Yates High School in Houston, will be named state champions.

Dallas school officials also determined that Wilmer-Hutchins High School used an ineligible player and the UIL said the school will forfeit all games in which the student played last season.

“While the UIL’s decision will be disappointing for the players and schools involved, Dallas ISD accepts the ruling,” the district said in a statement Friday. “Dallas ISD will use the lessons from this unfortunate situation to ensure our athletics programs uphold the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship.”

A phone message left with UIL spokeswoman Kate Hector was not immediately returned.

The UIL’s announcement is the result of an investigation by Dallas school administrators following the March death of Wilmer-Hutchins basketball player Troy Causey, who died in a fight with another teenager.

Investigators learned Causey played for Wilmer-Hutchins even though he lived in the northern Dallas suburb of Richardson.

They subsequently determined rules were regularly ignored as coaches and other district employees conspired to falsify student residency documents to field talented basketball players.

The findings led Superintendent Mike Miles in June to fire more than a dozen coaches and other district employees for falsifying residency documents. The terminations included district Athletic Director Jeff Johnson and Madison High basketball coach Roderick Johnson.

Most of the fired employees were found to have approved residency documents without actually visiting a player’s home.

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