Report: No evidence to prove John Curtis violations
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The lead investigator in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s case against John Curtis Christian school says there is no evidence to prove a violation of LHSAA rules by the school.
The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette said it obtained a copy of the report by lead investigator Joe Kleinpeter. In it, the Daily Advertiser said Kleinpeter states “he could find no evidence to prove” that John Curtis assistant coach Jerry Godfrey provided housing for Willie Allen in order to keep him as an athlete at the school.
Allen was a highly recruited offensive tackle who signed with LSU in February.
In an appeal last month before the LHSAA’s executive committee, headmaster JT Curtis said Allen attended school at John Curtis for a year and a half before he moved in with the Godfrey family.
The executive committee voted 16-1, with one abstaining to uphold a ruling by the LHSAA that said Allen was ineligible because John Curtis provided housing to “retain” him.
Curtis would be forced to forfeit the 2013 State Division II championship and more than 20 victories that Allen participated.
Curtis said the school is considering taking the case to arbitration.
The Daily Advertiser quoted Kleinpeter in his reference to a similar eligibility case.
“Five years ago or more the best volleyball player at Houma Christian lived with the volleyball coach and was eligible. In fact, the volleyball coach took the volleyball job at Riverside Academy and transferred with the coach and was ruled eligible.”
A call for comment from LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine was not returned.
Monday night, Curtis said he had requested the transcript of the August 31st hearing before the LHSAA by certified mail and had not received it. He said his lawyers needed the transcript to decide whether to file for arbitration by the deadline of Thursday September 15th.
“We had an appropriate, professional evaluation of the facts in this case by Mr. Kleinpeter. He spent three days at our school interviewing all those involved,” said Curtis.,
“I have no idea why the LHSAA would ignore his findings.”