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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:20 PM

The following is a list of record fines and selected transgressions in the FHSAA's all-time annals.

$117,900 – Parkway Academy, Miramar (2010): The football program was placed on five years probation and all athletic programs were prohibited from postseason competition for five years. The FHSAA found 32 violations, including the participation of non-school students in practices, ineligible athletes who played in games, recruiting violations and falsification of information to an FHSAA investigator. The fine was reduced from an original figure of $260,800.

$98,750 – Mandarin Christian, Jacksonville (2010): The FHSAA found 25 violations in football, including impermissible benefits, ineligible athletes who played in games and falsification of information to an FHSAA investigator. The fine was reduced from an original figure of $142,500.

$57,000 – Oviedo High (2011): The FHSAA found eligibility violations in wrestling and volleyball. Those programs were slapped with a three-year postseason ban, but Oviedo is asking the FHSAA to lift the remainder of those restrictions since the guilty coaching staffs have been replaced.

$38,000 – Bradenton Prep (2008): The FHSAA found 19 violations in football, including recruiting, providing improper housing for athletes and giving improper financial aid. Bradenton Prep did not pay the fine and was removed from the FHSAA. Its football program was disbanded in 2010.

$26,500 – West Oaks Academy, Orlando (2008): Cited by the FHSAA for two separate eligibility violations. West Oaks left the FHSAA and joined the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association.

$23,000 – Dr. Krop High, Miami (2010): The FHSAA ruled that Dr. Krop's boys basketball team used five ineligible players and falsified information about their status. The FHSAA imposed a three-year postseason ban and cut the fine from an original $53,000.

$13,000 – St. Petersburg Catholic (2006): The FHSAA ruled the Barons were guilty of recruiting violations and illegal practices. The football program received a three-year ban from postseason play.

$12,743 – Armwood High, Seffner, (2011): The Hawks forfeited their 2011 Class 6A state football crown and their 2010 state runners-up title and were placed on three years probation for using five ineligible players who had falsified their residency status. The fine could have been $195,000, but the FHSAA lowered it as a result of the school's cooperation with the investigative process.

$5,071 – Lakeland High (2010): The Dreadnaughts forfeited their 2010 football season after the FHSAA ruled they used two ineligible players, who falsified their addresses and received free rent. The fine, which covered the cost of an investigation, could have surpassed $60,000, but the FHSAA ruled Lakeland High officials had no knowledge of the players' ineligibility.

$3,000 – Immokalee High (2005): Immokalee forfeited district titles in football and boys soccer, while serving a postseason ban for each of those programs. The FHSAA ruled Immokalee unknowingly used five over-age players, including a 30-year-old kicker.

$2,550 – Miami High (1998): The Stingarees, led by future Kansas State and South Carolina coach Frank Martin, forfeited their Class 6A boys basketball state title after the FHSAA determined at least five players received housing assistance from school employees or Miami High boosters. The school also was banned from the postseason in 1999.

 

Dishonorable mention

In 1974, Miami Jackson's boys basketball team – the so-called "Jackson Five'' – went 33-0 to win the Class 4A state championship. Jackson defeated its opponents by an average of 30 points. An investigation was launched by the Miami News, which discovered the Generals had used four players from the Bahamas. One (Cecil Rose, who wound up at the University of Houston) was 20 years old and a former policeman. Three others (including Mychal Thompson, who later became the NBA draft's No. 1 pick) already had used their high-school eligibility. Jackson coach Jake Caldwell was exonerated of recruiting charges when the matter came to light in 1976. After a court battle, Jackson kept its state title and trophy. But Jackson's 1974 state title carries an asterisk in the FHSAA record books.

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