Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rollings Won't Coach; EGUSD Wraps Up Sheldon Basketball Investigation

Sheldon basketball coach Joey Rollings will not be coaching his team for the next four weeks as a result of an investigation by the Elk Grove Unified School District. The action came as a result of an allegation of "undue influence" brought to District officials several weeks ago.

School district spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich confirmed Tuesday morning that after a lengthy investigation officials found numerous infractions of CIF rules and has now passed along that report to the Sac-Joaquin Section office.

The Huskies' basketball program are the four-time defending Section Division I champions. They were the CIF State Division I Basketball runner-ups two seasons ago.

It was confirmed two weeks ago that the school district was looking into possible CIF recruiting rules violations. The school did have at least seven, possibly more, basketball players transfer into the program this academic year.

In an email to the Citizen Graswich wrote that school principal Paula Duncan met with the team and parents Monday night to inform them of the following:
  • The investigation found that multiple CIF bylaws may have been violated. It also found that some District protocols were not followed.
  • Disciplinary action is being taken.
  • EGUSD shared its findings with CIF on Friday and will fully cooperate with CIF.
  • That CIF has the right to implement its own sanctions.
  • EGUSD will provide training for Sheldon HS athletic staff to ensure that such matters will not reoccur and the district will offer additional training for all EGUSD athletic programs.
"This is an unfortunate situation," Graswich wrote. "The Elk Grove Unified School District recognizes and abides by CIF rules and regulations.  Our expectation is that students, staff, coaches, parents, and volunteers all follow the rules.  We will work closely with our athletic directors and coaches in the coming weeks to remind them of the rules to ensure everyone’s compliance."

Will DeBoard,  Director of Communications for the Sac-Joaquin Section, said Tuesday afternoon they have no comment on the EGUSD action but Section Commissioner Pete Saco was reviewing the paperwork he received from the school district.

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