In a 68-page report (posted below), an investigation of the Bellevue High School football program found that coaches and staff violated interscholastic rules for years and that the district interfered. The report also said the district obstructed the inquiry by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).
School district officials had requested the investigation last year after a Seattle Times story detailed how many Bellevue players had actually attended a private alternative school in a local office park. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) hired two former federal prosecutors, Bob Westinghouse and Carl Blackstone, to examine the program.
The report said “Goncharoff directed and encouraged BHS football players to take classes at the Academic Institute to obtain minimum grade standards” needed to maintain their eligibility to play on the team, and that coaches coordinated tuition payments for their players at AI. The rules of the WIAA, which govern high-school athletics, prohibit programs from giving athletes special privileges or inducements.
The report also found that false addresses were used to help players gain eligibility. If the findings are confirmed, penalties could possibly range from probation to forfeiting state championships.
Read the full report here:
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Dec. 15 | Coach Butch Goncharoff contemplating future with Wolverines
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Sept. 15 | Former federal prosecutors to investigate Bellevue football program
Aug. 22 | Bellevue High’s football success aided by ‘diploma mill’
June 13 | Bellevue football trainer accused of intimidating player
June 10 | Bellevue coach didn’t report threatening incident, probe finds
June 4 | Bellevue’s head coach suspended over improper recruiting
June 3 | Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff, assistant suspended for recruiting violations