The well-known and respected football program at Berwick Area High in Pennsylvania has been suspended from all activities for two weeks, pending an ongoing investigation into the transfer of two student athletes.
As reported by the Citizen’s Voice, Berwick Superintendent Wayne Brookhart announced the program’s suspension at the same time as the investigation, taking responsibility for the decision to temporarily halt the program from moving forward.
“I suspended the program for two weeks due to a challenge of a transfer (to Berwick),” Brookhart told the Citizen’s Voice. “We are doing an internal investigation. I feel there is sufficient evidence that warrants more evaluation of the situation, and prompted more questioning. We definitely want to do an in-house review of the allegations we received.
“The investigation is ongoing and I feel we need more time to conclude it. There are still some things that are necessary for us to learn. It is important to take care of our own house. We don’t want to rush to judgement, we want to make sure we have all the facts.”
The players in question are not specifically named, nor is there any sense about whether the principal at Berwick and his counterpart at the unnamed student athletes’ prior schools had discussions about releasing them to compete for Berwick once their transfer became complete. If it is found that the players began competing and training before that release was granted, Berwick could be found in violation of Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) regulations.
That would be a blight on an otherwise legendary career CV for Berwick head coach George Curry, a 46-year coaching veteran in the state who holds the Pennsylvania victories record with 446 career wins. He has led the Dawgs to three USA TODAY national championships in his time at Berwick, in 1983, 1992, and 1995.
In the meantime, as the investigation moves forward, Berwick’s offseason training grinds to a halt, an early setback in both physical training and reputation.