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LHSAA: Two teams held improper practices

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Posted at 7:40 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 20:40:11-04

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says two high school teams held improper practices this spring during the league's ban. He did not say what teams, nor what part of the state they were in.

Bonine said no punishments have been handed down just yet, and one school is appealing the decision.

The news came Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters. Bonine said 18 programs, and not just football teams, were reported, but many allegations came without evidence.

"There were allegations made, but none of them could be substantiated with photo or video. When we asked for it, crickets and nobody gave us anything," he said. "I'm not going to send my investigator or a compliance person in or question anybody until I have that, but it was a total of 18 schools or 18 programs."

In the spring the LHSAA extended it's league calendar through the month of May, taking governorship of a period it usually has no say in. It did so to keep schools from practicing while Louisiana was in quarantine.

The LHSAA ended its calendar on June 8th as the state moved into phase two of its reopening plan, thus allowing schools to monitor summer workouts themselves. Bonine said more than 20 parishes have already ended or scaled back workouts as players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus.

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