ELIZABETHTON (WJHL) -The No. 1 ranked girls basketball team in the state of Tennessee is in trouble for violating a recruiting rule.
The TSSAA sanctioned the Elizabethton High School girls basketball team by putting the Lady Cyclones on two years probation.
Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour said the TSSAA contacted the system about two weeks ago about a possible recruiting violation.
“We both began investigations and came to the mutual agreement that a violation had happened,” Gardenhour said.
He said the violation involved a student from another school, but said he wouldn’t release specifics about the violation Tuesday night.
Gardenhour said the full TSSAA summary report would be released Wednesday.
The Lady Cyclones will be on probation for two years, but sanctions won’t limit their ability to play during the regular season and post-season games.
“Thankfully, this won’t have any impact on our team’s current season,” Gardenhour said.
The EHS team is the top ranked Class AA team in Tennessee as they advance into the quarterfinals Friday.
Gardenhour said the system will evaluate whether disciplinary measures are needed after the season is finished, and he said the entire EHS athletics department will undergo training in TSSAA rule compliance.
“Our focus at this point is on minimizing the impact on our students,” Gardenhour said. “We don’t want to disrupt the kids and their ability to do well. They’re the most important thing at this point.”
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