On Wednesday's abbreviated edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys caught up with Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day ahead of the 2019 Spring Game (00:21) and Tim Stried of the Ohio High School Athletic Association stops by to break down the latest in high school athletics (14:12).
The investigation into Archbishop Hoban High School's football program is over, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association has handed down its sanctions.
The post-season suspension of Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell for recruiting violations has been reduced to two seasons if Hoban advances in the playoffs.
The program will be on probation through June 2018, and will have a reduction in next summer's coaching days. New sanctions include a $5,000 fine and development of an educational program for Hoban coaches and staff.
The OHSAA says it's now confident that Hoban understands the violation and will work to correct issues.
It says Tyrrell was "cooperating and forthright" with the OHSAA.
(OHSAA news release) OHSAA Concludes Investigation into Akron Archbishop Hoban
Sanctions include probation, fine, summer coaching reduction and educational program for all staff, but reduction in postseason coaching suspension
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A recent meeting of Akron Archbishop Hoban administrators and the Ohio High School Athletic Association has resulted in the end of an investigation into the football program at Archbishop Hoban and an agreement on sanctions.
On Sept. 20, the OHSAA announced its initial findings and penalties, which included a postseason coaching suspension for head football coach Tim Tyrrell for a violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting. That postseason suspension has now been reduced to a two-game postseason suspension, if Hoban advances in the playoffs. Other sanctions already announced include probation through June 2018 and a reduction of coaching days next summer. New sanctions include a $5,000 fine and development of an educational program for all Hoban coaches, administrators and admissions staff.
"We recently met again with officials from Archbishop Hoban in connection with their appeal and are confident they now understand the violation in question and will take measures to correct those issues," said Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner. "Coach Tyrrell was cooperative and forthright in responding to our questions. We have made suggestions to Hoban administrators to ensure understanding and compliance in the future with all OHSAA bylaws, which is our ultimate goal."
"We were very pleased with Commissioner Gray's approach to resolving this appeal," said Dr. Todd Sweda, Archbishop Hoban President. "The focus was on education of the Bylaws and productive, corrective action. We look forward to spearheading a program to further educate our coaches, admissions personnel and those of surrounding schools."
Athletic infractions and $10,000 in fines have been handed down to the Akron Public Schools, as a result of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's investigation into problems with eligibility at APS.
Tim Stied with the OHSAA says that 16 ineligible athletes were found at five of seven APS high schools.
"We had seven kids that didn't meet the academic requirements to be eligible," Stried tells WAKR's Sam Bourquin, "and there were seven kids that had transfered in that ended being eligible retroactively, but these schools had never requested an eligibility ruling for them in the first place."
The five high schools, according to an OHSAA document, are Buchtel, East, Firestone, Garfield and Kenmore.
Stried says they started looking into APS after realizing the district didn't run standard eligibility questions by them.
The Akron schools have instituted a new eligibility checking plan under new athletic director Joe Vassalotti, which will help knock down the OHSAA fine from $12,500 to $10,000.
Stried says he's confident that the Akron schools understand what needs to be done, and should be OK moving forward.