HOUSTON — The University Interscholastic League announced Friday that it has stripped Dallas Madison High School of its last two 3A state championship boys’ basketball titles after an investigation revealed that a player was ineligible.
The investigation was carried out by WFAA, KHOU 11’s sister station in Dallas.
Houston ISD’s Yates Lions will be recognized as the new champions for 2013 and 2014.
As WFAA reported, 19-year-old Johnathan Turner was recruited to play on Madison’s last two championship teams, despite the fact that he did not live with his family inside the school’s attendance zone.
Instead, Turner lived in a house in far South Dallas with Troy Causey, 18, who played for another Dallas ISD school, Wilmer Hutchins. Causey, WFAA found, also was recruited and was living away from his family, who lived in the Richardson ISD attendance zone.
In March – weeks after Madison repeated as state champions in Austin – police say that roommates Turner and Causey began arguing over a video game. Causey was beaten to death on the street outside the home, and Turner was charged with manslaughter.
UIL rules forbid players from switching schools for athletics purposes and require student athletes to live within their school’s geographic boundaries. Had the rules been followed, the two young men would not have been living together, and Causey would likely not have died.
Beginning in 2012, WFAA uncovered rampant violations of recruiting and residency rules at Dallas Kimball High School’s basketball program. Despite the discove
ries, Kimball has kept its 4A state titles in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
In fact, no significant changes were made in response to WFAA’s findings until the station revealed how cheating played a role in Causey’s death.
On June 6, after an internal investigation confirmed WFAA’s reporting, DISD Superintendent Mike Miles took action. He fired the district’s top two athletic directors – Jeff Johnson and Goree Johnson (no relation) – and 13 others, including the head basketball coaches at Madison and Wilmer Hutchins.
Days later, after he threatened a WFAA reporter on Twitter, Kimball’s head basketball coach, Royce “Snoop” Johnson – the son of Goree Johnson – was also fired.
The firings are on appeal.
An earlier series of WFAA stories on grade changing resulted in South Oak Cliff being stripped of its 2005 and 2006 state championship basketball titles.