The Piney Woods boys basketball team has been placed on probation and will be ineligible for postseason play for the next three seasons.
MHSAA executive director Don Hinton said this morning that the probation stems from “recruiting violations with student athletes from an international school.”
The violations occurred in the spring of 2012 in the Bahamas.
The Tornadoes, who started the season ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, will be allowed to play their regular season games, including region games. However, region games will not count.
Players who enrolled this year from the Bahamas have been ruled ineligible for varsity competition this season. Hinton was unsure how many players are ineligible, but said “there were a couple.”
International students who had to sit out last year, including Dandy Dozen senior and Ole Miss commit Dwight Coleby, will be allowed to play this season.
Piney Woods is 0-2 this season, losing to Gulfport and Jackson Prep in its first two games.
The Tornadoes play top-ranked Callaway tonight.
The probation doesn’t affect any other sports at Piney Woods.
Piney Woods, located in Rankin County, is one of just four African American boarding schools in the country and draws students from all over the world. About one-third of the students at the school are from Mississippi and about 10 percent are international students.
We will update the blog later when we hear back from officials at Piney Woods.
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