While the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s investigation into the Archbishop Hoban football program on a number of allegations is still ongoing, the state’s governing body for high school sports announced its initial findings and penalties against the school on Tuesday morning.
The penalties, according to the OHSAA, stem from a violation of Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting when head football coach Tim Tyrrell initiated contact in fall 2015 with a student at St. Hilary Elementary School.
“As a veteran coach and the current athletic administrator at Archbishop Hoban, we believe that Tim Tyrrell was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaw,” OHSAA interim commissioner Dave Gray said in a prepared statement. “Rather than wait until the investigation concluded, which could be toward the end of the season, we felt compelled to announce these penalties now so the team and school have time to make the appropriate accommodations.”
The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the Division III playoffs this season. In addition, Hoban is placed on probation for the remainder of this school year and all of the next. Tyrrell will be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the upcoming summer.
The OHSAA said it will announce the end of its investigation and any additional findings and penalties at a later date.
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