For the past decade, Brandon‘s Armwood High School has reigned supreme in a way few other Hillsborough County schools have. Their pride and joy, the school’s outstanding football program, has won three state championships and heap loads of regular season games over the past 10 years. But now, the school is in some hot water due to their use of ineligible players in these highly contentious games.
During a six month investigation of the Armwood High School football program, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) discovered that parents of five players allegedly falsified addresses to register for the team during its 2011 state championship winning season.
Because of this, the school is expected to forfeit its 2011 state champion title and 15-0 regular season record.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Due to an oversight in the FHSAA’s six-month investigation, the organization failed to initially discover that one of the ineligible players during the 2011 season also played in 2010, a finding that could incur even more forfeitures and other damages to the prolific football program.
Once a final ruling is handed down (expected sometime later this week), Armwood will likely have to return all trophies won from both years, including both district and regional titles, as well as face fines, the cost of the investigation, and a period of probation. Ouch.