The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday it has sanctioned the Bell County and Taylor County football programs for their participation in a preseason camp on the weekend of Aug. 7.
Both programs were fined $2,500 and placed on probation through the 2016-17 school year. Also, Bell County has imposed a one-game suspension on head coach Wayne Mills.
“These two schools and school systems have been supremely cooperative in our review of what transpired the weekend of August 7,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. “It is highly likely that other programs were also participating in that setting, but these two longtime members have taken the high road, admitted to the violations and pledged commitment to ensuring that these types of violations are not repeated.”
The KHSAA ruled Bell County and Taylor County both committed four violations during the event — scrimmaging an opponent for more than three hours or scrimmaging multiple opponents, failing to provide required rest following full-gear practice, exceeding the time limits for contact and exceeding the allowable time for daily practice.
Since both schools opened their seasons Aug. 21, they were both allowed just one scrimmage. Bell County violated that rule by playing a second scrimmage Aug. 14. Taylor County canceled its second scrimmage scheduled for Aug. 14.
Taylor County, which is coached by veteran Dudley Hilton, was fined an additional $300 for videotaping a future opponent without permission on Aug. 14, a violation of the KHSAA’s sportsmanship rules.
“Though there are claims that this video was destroyed prior to use, it is nonetheless a documented violation,” the KHSAA said in its report.
“As soon as we were made aware of the potential violation, we quickly investigated and unfortunately confirmed that it had happened,” Taylor County athletic director Jeff Gumm said. “We have not only been forthright and cooperative, we have directed all of the coaches within our athletic program to ensure this type of violation is not repeated.”