OSG High: An ENTIRE Athletics Program Put On Probation

By Phil Cantor
Jun. 07, 2016

The Decision Starts With Football And Goes Deeper

((HT: KING-5 TV))

Here's one for you...

When's the last time you heard of an ENTIRE ATHLETIC PROGRAM going on some kind of probation...???

Yeah, we couldn't come up with an answer, either... but now the HQ does...

Bellevue High in Washington state is now on a four-year probation (THE ENTIRE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT) in the King County (KingCo- Seattle area) Conference after an investigation determined boosters paid tuition of football athletes, coaches those coordinated payments, the reporting of paying families themselves to authorities never happened, and that coaches illegally recruited athletes to play at the school. (Read the full report here, thanks again to KING5)

Bellevue High self-reported during the investigation, however, that they used false addresses for players and made supplemental payments to coaches without approval from the District. The football program was placed on a 4-year post-season ban and cannot compete for a conference title. They also cannot play out of state opponents during that time and their state and conference titles may be vacated. How far back that would go is unknown at present...

This is, about, as close to a "Death Penalty" that you can get for a powerhouse program that has won 11 state titles in the last 15 years.

There was a town hall meeting to discuss the issues of the investigation about six weeks ago

((HT: Chris Fetters YouTube channel))

KIRO-TV also was present at the press conference- not even a week later- when the Bellevue Schools Superintendent, Tim Mills, addressed the investigation by Washington interscholastic Athletic Association. 

The Bellevue School District placed head football coach Butch Goncharoff on administrative leave after their own investigation revealed the coach received more than $400,000 in excess funds in the last six years and the coach didn't tell his bosses about it. Goncharoff also was found to have "steered" Bellevue players to a place called the Academic Institute to keep their eligibility. The Seattle Times investigated the Bellevue-Academic Institute relationship last year.  

Bellevue can appeal the findings if they choose, but the recommendation also says that Bellevue not receive any outside funding for the length of the probation and that coaches be banned from any kind of football-related activity for two years. KING5 has a list of the allegations...

This does not surprise the HQ- as success, regardless of level, breeds corner-cutting and other things that will avoid the rule book until you get caught. And, when you do get caught, everything falls down hard...

More when we know more...