Bellevue school officials reported the findings to athletic directors in the KingCo Conference. The findings were not released, but athletic directors plan to review the report over the coming days.
Bellevue School District finalized an internal review of the Bellevue High School football program Monday and presented the findings to other athletic directors within the team’s conference, officials said.
George Crowder, the president of the KingCo Conference, said athletic directors who heard Bellevue’s account for about an hour Monday morning will be reviewing details over the coming days. He declined to discuss what conclusions or penalties Bellevue has proposed, and Bellevue officials also did not disclose the district’s determinations.
Crowder said the athletic directors don’t have a deadline for their work but hope to be done by the end of the school year. School ends June 15 to June 20 for most KingCo schools. The league has the option to add stricter sanctions beyond what Bellevue proposed.
Bellevue’s findings come in response to a 68-page report conducted by outside investigators that found widespread problems within the football program, including evidence that football boosters subsidized tuition at a private alternative school, that administrators willfully ignored rules violations, and that players’ families provided false addresses to gain eligibility.
Bellevue football investigation:
For violations of high-school athletic rules, there are a range of sanctions ranging from a mea culpa letter to expulsion from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). A decade ago, the Chief Sealth girls basketball program was stripped of two state titles.
Bellevue School District board members signaled in recent weeks they wanted significant sanctions for wrongdoing. On just the issue of whether coaches had received improper pay from the team’s booster club, the board members passed a resolution saying that any coach found to have accepted improper payments should be banned for two years.
After the KingCo panel makes a decision, the ruling can be appealed to the Sea-King District level and ultimately to the WIAA executive board.
The Bellevue football team booster club has disputed many of the violations, with an attorney for the club writing a letter to KingCo officials arguing that the team’s actions were similar to those of other teams in the area.