Former Syracuse All-American Tim Green, the current head football coach at Skaneateles (N.Y.) High School, has his team receiving national attention for the first time in his tenure at the school. It's just too bad the attention is for all the wrong reasons.
Green, who started coaching at the school in 2010 after spending eight years in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and much of his post-NFL career as a lawyer, has been accused of trying to illegally recruit at least nine players from other schools. As the Syracuse Post-Standard reported, the school district released a five-page report on Tuesday that noted that out of the nine players Green reportedly recruited to play at the school, only one actually ended up transferring.
The accusations that are currently being thrown around certainly portray Green in a negative light. According to the report, at least two players were recruited heavily at Green's 2010 football camp, but both declined to leave their respective schools to come play for Skaneateles.
But the accusations didn't stop there; at least one player from Section IV told investigators that he received an incredible offer from Green to transfer schools.
One player from a Section IV school told the district's investigator that the coach offered to put the player up in an apartment to establish residency, and that the apartment would have a flat-screen TV and video game console, according to the report.
While the report didn't find any wrongdoing with players on the current varsity team, the school is still facing some hefty penalties, including forfeiture of games and a one-year competition ban.
"It's unfortunate, but that's life," Green told the Associated Press. "Sometimes, things like this happen, but I have not let it take any enjoyment out of this. I've been determined and grateful for the players and coaches I have."
Skaneateles will file its report before an Athletic Council decides if the school should face any penalties. As the Post-Standard noted, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association couldn't remember a school ever being "punished or charged" with recruiting violations. So this could be a first in the history of the state.