Muscle Shoals high school football on probation


MUSCLE SHOALS-(SHOALS INSIDER)-Muscle Shoals Athletics and students are feeling the sting today from a ruling  from the Alabama High School Athletic Association concerning recent recruitment violations.
According to the Athletic Association, Muscle Shoals has been placed on probation and is ineligible for playoffs during the 2016-2017 football season.

Another restriction placed on the school is the suspension of Assistant Coach Chris Balentine for one year.

School officials have been travelling back and forth from Montgomery for the past couple of weeks for an official investigation into allegations of improper recruiting from neighbouring high schools.

The investigation was initiated after an article appeared in a Florence newspaper, concerning a Wilson High School student, Lex Morgan.  Morgan told the Times Daily that coaches from Muscle Shoals High School had contacted he and his father about playing football for the Trojans. Sources close to the situation say Times Daily sports writer John McWilliams, whose article prompted the investigation, contacted the minor student-athlete on his cell phone without the consent of his parents or legal guardian.

It is common knowledge that former Florence High School Falcons head coach Alvin Briggs was one of the lead investigators for the AHSAA.  Sources close to Wilson High School have indicated Coach Briggs and another assistant with AHSAA attempted to interview the student-athlete, who is a minor, without contacting his parents. This attempt was thwarted  after it was exposed.  It has further been reported that the head football coach at Wilson High School was formerly an assistant under AHSAA investigator Alvin Briggs.

The student-athlete is currently enrolled at Wilson High School

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