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Milton Boys' Basketball Coach David Boyd Resigns

The high school reported problems of undue influence at the school to the Georgia High School Athletic Association.

UPDATED 11:10 a.m.

boys basketball coach resigned after the school self reported allegations of "undue influence" in its boys" basketball program.

David Boyd resigned from the Fulton County Schools system on Monday, Sept. 10, according to Samantha Evans, Fulton Schools' spokesperson.

"Milton High self-reported allegations of what the Georgia High School Association terms 'undue influence' in its boys' varsity basketball program," Evans said. "Due to these allegations, there will be a varsity boy's basketball coaching change."

"As we move forward there will be a thorough investigation and the development of a comprehensive strategy to move our program to new heights of integrity and excellence," said Milton Principal Clifford Jones in an email to parents on Sept. 10.

According to the Milton Eagles basketball website, Boyd had a record of 573-186, including  14 region titles, 12 Elite Eight’s and 10 Final Fours. He is 9-0 in those Final Fours and has gone on to win 6 State Championships. He is the only coach is state history to win 5 State titles at 4 different High Schools. The latest state titles were with Milton High in 2010 and 2012.

The GHSA has been informed that a report is being prepared about some recruiting allegations at Milton High, said Steve Figueroa, GHSA director of media relations in an email response to questions.

"Obviously we don't know any specifics at this time since we have not seen the report yet," he said.

The Georgia High School Association defines recruiting and undue influence as "the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a GHSA school to induce a student of any age to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic or literary competition purposes, whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the GHSA," according to its bylaws and constitution found online.

"In the days ahead, the focus will be to support our student athletes, their families and the program," Evans said.

According to the GHSA constitution, the use of undue influence to secure or retain a student for competitive purposes is prohibited. Penalties can be assessed against either school involved in the transfer. And the student may forfeit one year of eligibility from the enrollment date.

Evidence of undue influence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal contact initiated by coaches, boosters, or other school personnel in an attempt to persuade transfer
  • Gifts of money, jobs, supplies or clothing
  • Free transportation
  • Free admission to contests
  • An invitation to attend practices and/or games
  • A social event (other than an official schoolwide Open House program) specifically geared for prospective athletes
  • Free tuition beyond the allowable standards found in by-law 1.82
  • A coach asking a prospective student for contact information

Even boosters can fall afoul of these rules, which can cause problems. They don't have to belong to the booster club, either. The GHSA considers the following persons or groups as boosters: members of the school's Booster Club; alumni; parents; guardians; or relatives of a student or former student; financial donors; or donors of time and effort.

DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
your position as the best has just been dismissed...the public now know that you are not the best ... only the best cheaters. The academic thing...well, I can assure you, your numbers just got better as your hoops team will soon be made up of kids that study.
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg September 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
What? Someone named DCL is arguing with me? I didn't catch that. I just made an observation about 10 comments back.... and that observation was simply from reading this article. I've never been to a Milton basketball game in my life nor do I know this Coach.....
Ketih Marshall September 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Get your facts straight Harvey. The Marshall's have lived in the same house for over 20 years which is in the Milton School district!! My wife has been a Community Swim Coach for Alpharetta for years. As a Community Coach, she can coach at any school in Fulton County. Fact is we live in Milton school district and our boys will run and swim for Milton. My wife loves swimming and coaching and happens to be a coach at a rival school. No big deal. Get the facts straight before posting next time. Keith Marshall
Bob Pepalis September 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
A person commenting on this article made an accusation against a specific family – by name. Personal attacks are not allowed, so this comment was removed. The claim that the family in question lived in a different high school attendance zone was not backed up by fact, either. This is the current Milton attendance zone map: http://portal.fultonschools.org/departments/Operations/Operational_Planning/Documents/ZoneMaps/HS/MiltonHS_1213.pdf
dsf September 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
whatever school they played for the Championships should receive the trophy and the rings. GHSA should pay for them for allowing this to happen. I feel for the kids at Milton, you just don't bring kids "from the other side of the track" or anywhere just to receive schlorships and to receive Championships. Whatever happened to "Academics" What happened to teaching children "morals".

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