Curtis files for arbitration to reverse LHSAA ruling in Willie Allen case

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – John Curtis Christian School is headed to overtime to try and block an LHSAA ruling in the case of former student/athlete WIllie Allen.

Headmaster JT Curtis said the school has sent in its $5,000 check to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to begin the process of arbitration.

August 31st, the Association’s executive committee denied a Curtis appeal in the case by a vote of 16-1. The LHSAA ruled Allen ineligible, citing the retention rule. The LHSAA said Allen was “retained” by the school when he lived with the family of assistant coach Jerry Godfrey.

Curtis said that Allen had already attended school at Curtis for 18 months.

Monday, the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, in a published story, said that a report to the association filed by LHSAA investigator Joe Kleinpeter said there “no proof” that Curtis violated any rule.

When reached by phone Tuesday, Kleinpeter said he could not comment.

John Curtis could be forced to forfeit more than 20 football victories, including a 2013 state championship.

We interviewed JT Curtis at practice Tuesday.