OHSAA concludes investigation into Hoban football, alters sanctions

A recent meeting between Archbishop Hoban High School administrators and the Ohio High School Athletic Association has resulted in the end of an investigation into the Knights’ football program and an agreement on sanctions, the OHSAA announced in a news release Tuesday.  

The OHSAA announced its initial findings and penalties, which included a postseason coaching suspension for head football coach Tim Tyrrell for a violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting on September 20. That suspension has now been reduced to a two-game suspension, if Hoban advances that far in the playoffs. Other sanctions already announced include probation through June 2018 and a reduction of coaching days next summer. New sanctions include a $5,000 fine and development of an educational program for all Hoban coaches, administrators and admissions staff.

“We recently met again with officials from Archbishop Hoban in connection with their appeal and are confident they now understand the violation in question and will take measures to correct those issues,” OHSAA interim commissioner Dave Gray said in a prepared statement. “Coach Tyrrell was cooperative and forthright in responding to our questions. We have made suggestions to Hoban administrators to ensure understanding and compliance in the future with all OHSAA bylaws, which is our ultimate goal.”

“We were very pleased with Commissioner Gray’s approach to resolving this appeal,” Archbishop Hoban president Dr. Todd Sweda said in a prepared statement. “The focus was on education of the bylaws and productive, corrective action. We look forward to spearheading a program to further educate our coaches, admissions personnel and those of surrounding schools.”

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