DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The University Interscholastic League will strip Dallas’ Madison High School of two state basketball titles for using players who don’t live in the district.
The Dallas Independent School District fired 15 employees in June after an investigation proved employees falsified athlete residency documents.
UIL rules forbid players from switching schools for athletics purposes and require student athletes to live within their school’s geographic boundaries.
Wilmer-Hutchins High School is also being forced to forfeit every game in which they used an ineligible player.
The recruiting scandal surfaced last year when Troy Causey, an 18-year-old star basketball player at Wilmer Hutchins, was allegedly murdered by a teammate with whom he lived.
The two athletes were said to be roommates at a home in Oak Cliff, even though Causey’s family lived in Richardson ISD.
Dallas police then contacted DISD officials, who began an internal investigation centered on the illegal recruiting claims.
At a news conference Friday morning, the UIL recognized Houston Yates High School, the state runner-up to Dallas Madison in the 2013 and 2014 state championship games, as the new state champion. The games are now listed as 2-0 wins in favor of Houston Yates in tournament records.
DISD released the following statement about the UIL decision:
“While the UIL’s decision will be disappointing for the players and schools involved, Dallas ISD accepts the ruling. Dallas ISD will use the lessons from this unfortunate situation to ensure our athletics programs uphold the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship.”
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