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OSSE: Friendship Collegiate Assistant Coach Receives Probation


7:01 PM, Jun. 10, 2013 EDT

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- An assistant coach in the Friendship Collegiate Academy (FCA) football program has been placed on probation for one calendar year for his role in a complaint filed against the school.

The complaint, filed by Woodrow Wilson High School and the DCIAA alleged that FCA assistant coach Khenny Wonson illegally recruited athletes by sending excessive tweets and making excessive phone calls to players from other schools. In addition, the complaint says Wonson visited two McKinley Tech student-athletes on their campus in attempt to influence them to attend FCA.

Other accusations of the complaint include an allegation that in the spring of 2012, two Dunbar High School student-athletes participated in spring football at FCA while still enrolled as full time Dunbar students.

Clark Ray, Statewide Athletic Director, headed the investigation and says evidence didn't support the claims, except for the portion about the excessive tweets.

"There was a connection between recruiting and then celebrating about a recruit or a student transferring," says Ray. "So that, for me as the responsible entity in the state athletic office, gave cause and gave rise to the probation for that coach."

At any time during the calendar year if OSSE receives any credible information about new matters that Wonson or any additional FCA football coach has violated any rules and regulations of the DCSAA and the information proves to be true, FCA's membership within the DCSAA may be suspended.

 

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