Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FHSAA Likely Will Let ACD off Light

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FHSAA Likely Will Let ACD off Light

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Thanks to a timing technicality, it appears Arlington Country Day's baseball and softball programs will escape major penalties as a result of a Florida High School Activities Association investigation into recruiting charges. An FHSAA rule that prohibits athletes from following coaches who transfer in from other schools went into effect on July 1, 1999. ACD had seven baseball players and two softball players transfer in from First Coast, Paxon and Mandarin, all of whom played for coaches at those schools that later took jobs with ACD. But because those athletes had completed their transfers before that July 1 date, some as close as two weeks, the FHSAA is unable to impose sanctions on ACD for violating that rule. "If we could, they'd be in deep trouble," said FHSAA investigator Dan Boyd. Look for ACD to receive some type of penalty after commissioner Bob Hughes reviews the case upon his return in 10 days. However, the Apaches are expected to keep their Class A state baseball title and avoid any bans on future postseason play. If that's the case, the message is clear: Cheating pays as long as you can beat the deadline. . . .

The Miami Heat whining about the officiating after losing Game 7 to the New York Knicks, including Jamal Mashburn saying New York had "three officials in their pockets," may have been the greatest crybaby act in sports history. Hey, Mash, do you think if you made more than 3 of 15 shots that the Heat would still have gone home an 83-82 loser? And let's not forget that, if the officials hadn't counted Anthony Carter's illegal over-the-backboard shot that won Game 3 for Miami, there never would have been a Game 7. Pat Riley's club should change its name to the Miami Weep. . . . The Atlanta Hawks made the perfect hire when they enticed Illinois' Lon Kruger, the former Florida coach, to replace Lenny Wilkens. Now the NBA's most bland franchise is being guided by the coaching profession's Mr. Vanilla. . . . By the way, had Kruger left as much talent at Florida as he's leaving at Illinois, you might have seen Billy Donovan and the Gators in the Final Four in Donovan's first year on the job. . . . If Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton gets in the Basketball Hall of Fame, then Jacksonville University coach Hugh Durham ought to be a lock. Newton coached 32 years and made four NCAA tournament appearances, only once advancing to the Sweet 16. Durham has been to eight NCAAs in his 32 years and is the only coach in history to take two different teams (Florida State, Georgia) to the Final Four that have never been before or since. . . . How much longer before the monicker on Dale Earnhardt changes from the Intimidator to Junior-wannabe?

A recent press release by the Jacksonville Jackals, the ABA 2000 basketball team set to open play this fall, touted that it had seats available for "less than $15. …

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