For the second time this week, a football program has been hit with punishment after breaking TSSAA bylaws, According to a letter sent by TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress to Greenback principal Mike Casteel says that the Greenback players were receiving instructions prior to spring practice on March 24 as well as spring practice that the Cherokees went through on May.
The Greenback football program will have to forfeit six spring practice days in 2016 which will only give them four spring practice days next year and they will only be allowed to have two scrimmages down from four in 2016 as well.
On Monday Marshall County was given punishment as defensive coordinator Jerry Cobb gave a prospective student athlete a ride on July 9, which breaks the recruiting rule and Cobb has been suspended from all football related activities for a period of two weeks which started July 27 until August 7 as well as being suspended for the first two games of the regular season contests against Franklin County in week one and Nashville Overton in week two and Marshall County has been put on two year probation as well that will end on July 15, 2017.
Greenback self reported the violation to the TSSAA and the TSSAA commended the Greenback administration for its handling of the situation.
“We want to commend the administration on the manner in which this was handled. We know you will take the necessary steps to ensure this type situation does not occur again,” Childress said in the letter.
Greenback football program joins Marshall County, Brainerd, Bradley Central and Cleveland as schools that have gotten punishment for breaking rules in the TSSAA Bylaws this offseason.
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