UPDATE: KHSAA Hands Down Penalties Against Fairview HS

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KHSAA Statement
Superitendent William Musick Statement

UPDATE 11/1/13 @ 10:40 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – The KHSAA has handed down its penalties against Fairview High School.

The sanctions are the result of an investigation into the eligibility of a student-athlete on the football team.

Superintendent William Musick says the school must forfeit four wins this season and be removed from the 2013 playoffs. They must also forfeit all 14 wins from last season, when the Fairview finished as the Class A runner-up in Kentucky.

The other penalties are four years probation for the school, a $5000 fine, a district wide (all sports) coaches education administrators meeting to be run by the KHSAA and funded by Fairview, and the return of all playoff trophies earned during the 2012 season to the KHSAA.

The $5,000 fine will be paid and distributed in the following manner: $2,800 restitution to the KHSAA for travel allowances paid during the 2012 State Football Finals, $550 redistribution to each of the four member schools Fairview defeated in the 2012 state playoffs.

The investigation by the district began on October 21 and were turned over to the KHSAA last Friday.

Musick tells WSAZ.com that the student-athlete in question did not have the academic credits to the support the grade level he was supposed to be in at the school.

According to a press release from the KHSAA, "This lack of an effective control procedure resulted in the student participating not for a brief, short period of time, but for more than a year, across two competitive seasons, and allowed the student the possible opportunity for an otherwise prohibited privilege of participating in five competitive seasons in the same sport following eighth-grade promotion."

Both the KHSAA and the District are not releasing the student’s name since he is a juvenile.

“We as a staff at Fairview School accept the responsibility for what has transpired. Neither the Fairview School nor Fairview High School has any intention on appealing this decision as our sole focus is moving forward from this situation with renewed focus and energy on managing a fully compliant athletic department,” said Musick in a written statement.

Since the investigation began, both Head Football Coach Nate McPeek and Fairview Principal and Athletic Director, Garry McPeek, have resigned.

Nate McPeek’s resignation takes effect at the end of the regular season. Garry McPeek has been reassigned to a teaching position at the elementary school.

Friday afternoon, Nate McPeek released the following statement to WSAZ.com: "I had no knowledge of the student athlete being academically ineligible. I have put my heart and soul into this program and results have spoken for themselves. I want to thank everyone for their support, especially the players, coaches, and parents. I love them dearly and I'm very sorry they have to go through this. I was asked to resign as head football coach due to the investigation and I will continue to stand by my statement that I didn't know he was academically ineligible or that he was retained. I love coaching and hope through my hard work, dedication, and known character from people who truly know me that I will be able to lead another program soon. Thank you again to my family, friends, and supporters for all the kind words I'm truly blessed to work with kids everyday."

Fairview was 8-1 before the sanctions were handed down.

Their last regular season game is tonight against Gamble Montessori High School out of Cincinnati.



UPDATE 10/29/13 @ 8 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of upset parents packed into the Fairview Independent School Board meeting Monday night.

They came searching for answers into the investigation of the school's football team, but left with even more questions.

On Friday, results of the investigation by the district that began on Monday, October 21 were turned over to the KHSAA.

A KHSSA spokesperson told WSAZ.com Monday afternoon they do not have timetable on issuing a ruling in the case.

Head Football Coach Nate McPeek tells WSAZ.com that he was asked to resign over the weekend, effective at the end of the current season. Superintendent William Musick confirms that he did resign.

Musick also says Garry McPeek, the high school's principal and athletic director resigned and was reassigned to a teaching position at the elementary school.

Although there was a packed house at Monday's meeting, the investigation was not on the agenda. The board refused to take questions regarding the status of Coach McPeek, or regarding the investigation.

"I can't discuss anything about that situation. I mean that is not the proper procedure, that's not parliamentary procedure," said Superintendent Musick.

We spoke with Coach McPeek's family, who says although the board says the investigation is still ongoing, they believe Superintendent Musick has already made a decision.

Coach McPeek's mother, Nancy McPeek tearfully told our camera, "He is a role model, he's a mentor, and he's a coach, and he's dad to many of these boys. That's the sad part."

"He also teaches them how to implement the game with life. Teaches them how to deal with conflict a decent way and not let anger overcome them," Sheila Rhodes, the aunt of a Fairview player said.

The football team has a record of 8-1 this season.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 10/28/13 @ 2 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The result of an investigation into the eligibly of a student-athlete at Fairview High School is not on the agenda for the Fairview Independent School District board meeting Monday night.

That investigation has already cost the principal, athletic director and head football coach their jobs

Fairview Superintendent William Musick and KHSAA say the eligibility issue involves one athlete at the high school. Neither will say which sport the student participates in.

WSAZ has learned that the investigation involves the football program.

Head Football Coach Nate McPeek tells WSAZ.com he was asked to resign over the weekend and did so, effective at the end of the current season. Musick confirms that he did resign.

Musick also says Garry McPeek, the high school’s principal and athletic director has also resigned and was reassigned to a teaching position at the elementary school.

Musick says Eric Hale has been named interim principal at the high school.

On Friday, results of the investigation by the district, that began last Monday, were turned over to the KHSAA.

A KHSSA spokesperson told WSAZ.com Monday afternoon they do not have timetable on issuing a ruling in the case.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, Music said had not heard from the KHSAA.

The School Board meets at 5:30.

The football team has a record of 8-1 this season.

In October 2012, an eligibility issue involving two football players ended up in Boyd County Circuit Court.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/25/13
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An investigation into the eligibly of a student-athlete at Ashland Fairview High School has been turned over to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).

Fairview Superintendent William Musick tells WSAZ.com the KHSAA should receive the information today (Friday).

Both Musick and the KHSAA say the eligibility issue involves one athlete at the high school. Neither will say which sport the student participates in.

However, WSAZ has learned that the investigation involves the football program.

Musick did say the student in question will be not be allowed to participate until the issue is resolved.

Musick tells WSAZ.com that he was notified by the Fairview principal on Monday that there might be a problem. Musick says he then notified the KHSSA and began researching the issue.

Both Musick and the KHSAA said they do not know when a decision will be made on the student’s eligibility.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/8/12
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Should they stay or should they go?

That's the controversy surrounding two high school football players on an undefeated eastern Kentucky team. There are two players who had played for Huntington High School, but who were expelled late last year after an altercation with another student.

A temporary restraining order placed in September has allowed the players to stay on the team for Fairview High School.

In Boyd County Circuit Court on Monday, both sides argued their case for or against a temporary injunction.

"Here we are, your Honor, at the end of a football season, getting ready for playoffs and we have an eligibility case," says Chad Collins, attorney for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. "When they enrolled, they were ineligible under the rules and regulations of Huntington High School, therefore they were determined not to be eligible in the state of Kentucky."

The plaintiffs' lawyer claims otherwise.

"The Cabell County School Superintendent himself stated in a letter, their expulsion had been lifted," attorney Sharon Rowsey said."That lifted their ineligibility. Ineligibility to play and not allowed are two different terms with two different definitions."

The two players are currently on the roster for the Fairview Eagles, which is currently undefeated in the 2012 season. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking down toward the end of the season..

"Action like this comes at a critical time when playoffs are creeping up on us in three weeks or so," Collins said. "It's important to all the member schools and teams in the tournament that everyone who's participating is participating legally and appropriately."


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