LHSAA drops hammer on Parkway, principal

LHSAA drops hammer on Parkway, principal

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LHSAA drops hammer on Parkway, principal

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A Louisiana High School Athletic Association panel handed seven penalties to Parkway High School on Thursday after a sportsmanship hearing called in the wake of a pregame incident before the Panthers’ Nov. 9 first-round football playoff game against Live Oak High School.

The hearing revolved around an incident in which Live Oak head coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche was handcuffed and led off the field prior to his team’s game against Parkway at Preston Crownover Stadium.

The dispute arose over the division of pregame time between the schools’ bands and football teams.
The game was played without any further incident with Parkway winning 36-13.
Included in the three-person panel’s decision was a decision to place the school on administrative probation for a year and the loss of any 2013 home playoff football games.
Parkway principal Nichole Bourgeois will have to attend the LHSAA’s next handbook certification class in Baton Rouge .
Additionally, Parkway was charged for the cost of the hearing, which lasted a good portion of the day in Baton Rouge.
Bourgeois, in response to a text message seeking comment, said she was unable to comment on the issue.
There is more pending litigation from the matter, as Musemeche has field suit in state district court.
“It’s a unique situation,” LHSAA commissioner Kenny Henderson said. “We haven’t dealt with anything like this, at least not since I’ve been here.”
Henderson said the school has 15 days to appeal the decision. Should an appeal be filed, it will be heard by the entire executive committee.
Thursday’s three-person panel was composed of executive committee members.
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