Apr 13, 2009
Northern Guilford recruiting investigation, generic
Investigators are reading through more than 6,000 e-mails involving personnel at Northern Guilford High School that could incriminate the athletics department for recruiting.
The Greensboro News & Record reported Monday that some staff members at the school may be guilty of recruiting players from outside the school's district to play sports at the school. Sources told the newspaper that they are focusing on the school's football, men's basketball and baseball teams.
According to the newspaper, unnamed sources said a number of players in those sports transferred to Northern Guilford within the last year. The paper also said investigators may be looking into the academic eligibility of some students.
Three Northern Guilford employees have already resigned their positions. Principal Joe Yeager, athletic director Derrell Force, and head custodian Louis Lawson all resigned last week.
The News & Record spoke to Northern Guilford head men's basketball coach Stan Kowalewski over the phone, and he said investigators told him that there were residency questions about five men's basketball players. Northern Guilford won the 3-A state championship in March, and Kowalewski denies any wrongdoing.
Baseball coach Johnny Smith, who is not a school employee, denies doing anything against the rules as well. He told the newspaper that he has not spoken to anyone about the investigation.
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