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NLR high forfeits 2013-14 varsity wins

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Coach Bolding.
  • Coach Bolding.
KATV has updated a breaking news tweet that North Little Rock High School is forfeiting all of last year's varsity wins in football and boys basketball because an ineligible player participated. 

The school's move follows its recent firing of Coach Brad Bolding. The termination letter has yet to be released.

A press release from the Arkansas Activities Association said NLR will forfeit its 10 wins from the 2013 football season and 24 wins and surrendered its 2014 Class 7A boys state basketball championship trophy. 

On the jump, the North Little Rock and AAA news releases. They don't provide all the details, but they add to the ongoing Bolding story in a way that — until all is known — will be taken to mean there's more than equipment purchase issues in the desire to terminate him.


 

  NORTH LITTLE ROCK STATEMENT

"Today, the NLRSD self-reported a violation with the Arkansas Activities Association concerning a recruitment rule. We forfeited all of our varsity football wins and varsity boys’ basketball wins during the 2013-2014 school year in which an ineligible player participated.

The AAA has agreed with us that this is a violation and has accepted our self-report. We are committed to following the AAA regulations in all our District athletics. As soon as we discovered a violation had occurred, we determined the only right thing to do was to report it to the AAA. We know our student athletes will be disappointed with the forfeits, but we hope they understand that the most important thing is playing with integrity and ethics.

As part of the violation, the District is addressing personnel matters. The law exempts in some cases certain personnel records that implicate employees’ privacy interests or constitute employee evaluation and job-performance records.

The NLRSD understands the importance of communicating information to its patrons, strives to maintain good relations with the media, and regularly accommodates requests for interviews. In all personnel matters, the privacy rights of the District employee take precedence. In keeping with the District's standard practice, and with the intent to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the District’s board members at any potential board hearing on the matter, District board members and administrators have refrained from making public comments regarding this personnel matter."

AAA STATEMENT

North Little Rock High School notified the Arkansas Activities Association on Thursday that it was forfeiting all of its varsity football wins and varsity boys’ basketball wins during the 2013-2014 school year in which an ineligible player participated.

The forfeit includes 10 wins from the 2013 football season, and at least 24 wins from what was considered a state championship season of 26-2. North Little Rock also surrendered the 2014 Class 7A boys state basketball championship trophy to the AAA.

“We are grateful to North Little Rock High School for its integrity and honesty while dealing with a sensitive issue,” AAA executive director Lance Taylor said. The district self-reported what is considered a violation of AAA rules and took immediate action. The AAA agrees that a violation occurred.

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