Prattville (Alabama) High School could be in a world of trouble, and they have the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper to thank for bringing some potential violations to light in a three-part investigation that has now forced the school to get the Alabama High School Athletic Association involved.
The paper started to notice some irregularities with a number of players on the team, and started an investigation of their own that took a look at some questionable transfers, zoning issues, and former teacher allegations pertaining to a few players. All of the information allowed the paper to come to the conclusion that four Prattville athletes had made "questionable moves" to the school.
As the Montgomery Advertiser's Josh Moon reported, "school records show football and basketball players De'Ante Lawrence, Kordell Arrington and Jalen Whitlow and baseball player Austin Crook made questionable moves from other school districts prior to joining the Prattville athletic programs."
While the paper contends that the players' current primary residence is now in question, which would make the students ineligible to play, Autauga County Schools superintendent Greg Faulkner claims the school has done nothing wrong.
"These players, many of them have been checked and checked and re-checked (by the AHSAA)," Faulkner told the Montgomery Advertiser. "Coach DuBose asked them to go along with him to check (Whitlow). I personally stood in the house of Austin Crook while they checked his residence. I asked if (Crook) was eligible before (AHSAA associate executive director Joe Evans) left and he said he was."
Prattville head football coach and athletic director Jamey DuBose also claimed in the Montgomery Advertiser article that he even asked the AHSAA to ride along to confirm the residency on basketball player Jalen Whitlow, which makes the whole investigation even more peculiar since the AHSAA seemed to be on board from the start.
If you'll recall, this isn't the first time a major high school in the South has been under investigation for eligibility violations this year. Southlake Carroll (Texas) high school tried to fight allegations that incoming quarterback transfer Daxx Garman and his family had a permanent residence in Southlake.
The school lost the legal battle and Garman was ruled ineligible for the entire season, forcing Southlake to find name a new quarterback hours before their first game. While that situation was nipped in the bud, Prattville could be facing some serious violations that could have implications not only for the players in questions, but the most recent athletics season.
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