Catholic ruling reveals continued but private LHSAA investigation – Crescent City Sports

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Suffice it to say that every offense committed by schools in Louisiana High School Athletic Association sanctioned sports cannot be detected, caught or validated.

Critics will always maintain that many schools get away with many inappropriate acts as blatant cheaters.

While the proverbial finger of indictment will always be skewed and pointed at private schools, there have also been several offenders in public schools.

Everyone is in favor of blatant cheating being stopped, prosecuted and punished. Everyone would like to see this cheating eradicated.

Unfortunately, this will never happen because there are simply too many schools and too many items to deal with.

The most recent case involving the Catholic High School in Baton Rouge is evidence that there is an ongoing investigation and enforcement in the organization.

Catholics must drop out of their 2017 and 2020 state football championships and their finalists in 2018 and 2019.

You have to feel bad for those who are not involved in bad behavior and who see their legacy tarnished.

Obviously, many student-athletes weren’t to blame for what was done wrong.

We cannot reveal exactly what the infractions were, although I have been told for up to 18 months now that Catholic was under an intense microscope for many potential violations.

As always, we are dealing in fact, not partial truths or rumors on CrescentCitySports.com.

The LHSAA has taken the approach of not revealing any details of investigations or penalties imposed.

It is up to the schools concerned to disseminate any information in this regard. Catholics did it on Monday.

While I understand the LHSAA’s approach to avoiding negative publicity and irresponsible reporting, posting factual information is never a bad thing and will never lead to anything other than real conclusions on the part of weighted observers.

The problem is social media and its vast influence on the public.

Separating fact from fiction is difficult for many and there are many contradictions displayed.

Opinions are a good thing and the freedom to express them is important in our free society.

In the course of and in the speech, false narratives emerge and continue to emerge as slander is regularly thrown out.

What we do know is that Catholic High, a good school with an esteemed athletic program, did wrong and it was more than a passing phase or a minor one-off offense.

What we do know is that Catholic High admitted his wrongdoing and accepted the punishment.

What we do know is that Catholic has a new football coach and a new athletic director.

What we do know is that young men associated with the program who have done nothing wrong will be unfairly categorized according to the nature of such events.

Hopefully the latest transgressions from a private institution won’t damage relationships with the public brethren, as we continue to argue that the LHSAA would be best served to bring the organization together for the betterment of young people and competition.

Public schools, as mentioned, have also been offenders in recent years.

The public versus private debate will continue to resonate in May circles.

Both are good options with good people.

Rather than making the information public, the organization chooses to remain private.

This is a prerogative and although we disagree, we respect it.

Catholics have voluntarily made private information public.

Somehow you knew I would conclude this with the public and the private, right?

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