The NCHSAA has suspended Greenville D.H. Conley football coach Brian Paschal for one year after investigating a case of recruiting.
Pitt County Schools released this information to the media:
The ruling is the result of the association’s investigation into an alleged violation of NCHSAA Rule 1.2 regarding Recruiting/Undue Influence. The NCHSAA Handbook expressly prohibits recruiting and undue influence. Rule 1.2.1 states “no student shall be subjected to undue influence by an individual or group of individuals to induce or cause him to transfer from one school to another for athletics purposes.”
According to the NCHSAA Handbook, “undue influence” consists of actions taken for the purpose and intent of soliciting or encouraging the enrollment of a student-athlete in a school” including but not limited to a number of enumerated reasons (Rule 1.2.4, p. 26).
“Based on the information provided to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, we made the determination that the penalties for the alleged violations are in line with what our rules and regulations allow,” NCHSAA Interim Commissioner Que Tucker said. “The fact that Coach Paschal was already on probation for a previous violation also factored into the final decision. It is always very disappointing when penalties have to be levied against any member school, and we also understand that these sorts of situations do impact lots of people, including student-athletes themselves. But our task is to apply the rules as fairly and consistently as possible, based on the information we have. We appreciate the cooperation of the Pitt County Schools and D.H. Conley in working through this situation.”
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