(4-7-2017) Dayton Public Schools will pay a high price for actions taken by the Dayton Dunbar football coaching staff.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the conclusion of its investigation into the Dayton Public School District and the penalties coming from events that took place on Week 10 (October 28th) of the 2016 OHSAA football season in a game between Dunbar and Belmont.
This is what started the investigation, Dunbar football players received instructions at halftime (leading by 20 points). According to reports (not all agree on what took place), Dunbar’s athletic director and the football coaches met with Dayton Public Schools Athletic Administrator Mark Baker and were told to lose the game intentionally so the school would not need to report the use of an ineligible player and that would also allow for an additional Dayton Public School to qualify for the playoffs. As the third quarter started Game officials noticed what was taking place and stopped the game. Both of the Head Coaches were called to midfield and instructed to tell their players to play the game correctly or the game would be stopped and further actions would be put in place.
After the officials met with both coaches at midfield, the game was played to its conclusion with no further incidents, but that is when the OHSAA investigation began. It resulted in Dunbar forfeiting its Week 9 and 10 games for using an ineligible player, missing the playoffs and causing the reshuffling of playoff qualifiers in Southwest Ohio.
- $10,000 fine issued to the Dayton Public School District
- three years probation for all Dayton Public School
- public reprimand
- the requirement that DPS athletic administrators attend required meetings with the OHSAA compliance staff.
- if further violations of the same nature occur while the district is on probation, the membership status of all member Dayton Public Schools could be pulled.
- If there are no further violations by the Dayton Public School District, one year of probation will be rescinded and $2,500 of the fine shall be refunded.
Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Commissioner
“This is among the most serious and disturbing incidents I have seen because it strikes at the very core of what high school sports are all about. Our mission is to teach our youngsters about responsibility, fair play and sportsmanship. The vast majority of our coaches and school administrators do that every day. Even more significant penalties were discussed, but we didn’t want to harm the kids because they were the ones caught in the middle of this.”
The violation is of OHSAA Bylaw 3 – Administrative Responsibility and Institutional Control, which is in place to uphold the values and integrity of education-based athletics.
The Results of the forfeits for the 2016 playoffs
• Dunbar (7-3) dropped to ninth in the D-IV, Region 16 field and out of the playoffs (only top 8 qualify).
• Belmont (7-2) moved up to No. 5 in D-III, Region 12 and played at No. 4 St. Marys Memorial (9-1). Trotwood-Madison (8-2) dropped to a No. 7 seed in Region 12 and Tippecanoe (7-3) to a No. 8 seed. Piqua (7-3) was the big loser due to the forfeits as they fell to No. 9 in Region 12 and out of the postseason.
• Taft moved into the No. 7 seed in D-IV, Region 16 and played at second-seeded Clinton-Massie (9-1).
• Dunbar forfeited it’s Week 10 game against Belmont, and their Week 9 game win over Taft.