Two weeks ago, a regional board that oversees high school sports sanctioned Franklin High for allegedly recruiting players from American Samoa. Three players were declared ineligible and the team was banned from post season play this year. But when the players in question entered a game last Friday, the board ordered the entire program shut down for the rest of this season and the next two. Stockton Record sports writer Bob Highfill says the severity of the penalty is unprecedented.
We even talked with some national high school sports experts who believe it could be the most severe sanctions levied against a high school football program in the nation.
The Stockton Unified School District asked for the hearing, claiming Franklin High wasn’t given due process. Some supporters of Franklin’s football program charge the penalty is unfair to the players whose eligibility wasn’t in question