The terms of the probation mean the Eagles basketball program will not be eligible to participate in 5AAAAAA tournament play or the GHSA State Tournaments in February and March.
Milton had been to four straight state championships and won two Class AAAAA state titles in the last four years under the direction of head coach David Boyd. Boyd resigned from his post as head coach in late August amidst allegations of recruiting or “undue influence” within the Milton program and after the school self-reported violations. Boyd denied any wrong-doing at the time in an interview with the neighbor found here.
The term “undue influence” is defined in the GHSA press release as “things done by one or more people associated directly or indirectly with a member school to induce or facilitate the transfer of a student to that school. Undue influence can occur even when there is no evidence of recruitment. In those circumstances, no school personnel initiated the conversation about transferring schools, but school personnel did engage in actions that induced and/or facilitated the transfer.”
The GHSA release states that there was no evidence that Boyd initiated contact with prospective recruits or their families or that any players in question made a “bona fide move into the Milton service area.” Meaning all current players are eligible for the upcoming season.
What was found by the GHSA to be categorized as undue influence were issues involving “the school’s summer workouts as a way to evaluate the talents of non-students who were considering transferring to Milton, facilitating the housing arrangements of families moving into the area, and offering help with communication about a student’s collegiate possibilities before the player was a student at Milton.”
The terms of Milton’s basketball probation also will restrict the team to “Severe Warning Status” for the 2013-2014 season, but they will be eligible for post-season play that season.
The school was also fined an undisclosed amount and could face further penalties if other violations are discovered.
The full release is on the GHSA basketball website here.