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    Full text: FHSAA letter to Armwood

    Tuesday, June 19 2012 4:40 PM EDT2012-06-19 20:40:44 GMT
    Full text of the letter from the FHSAA to Armwood High School's principal, notifying the school of its penalties for using ineligible players.
    Full text of the letter from the FHSAA to Armwood High School's principal, notifying the school of its penalties for using ineligible players.
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From 15-and-0 to 0-and-15, just like that. Armwood High School is being stripped of its wins this year, including its coveted 6A state title. The school known for being a football powerhouse has been sacked in the wake of an investigation by the Florida High School Athletic Association .

"For a lot of the kids and for the school, that's a pretty bitter pill to swallow because they had to forfeit all their games," said Hillsborough County School District spokesperson Steve Hegarty.

The ruling, handed down today, stems from Armwood's use of five ineligible players during its undefeated run last season. Some parents are accused of falsifying documents so their kids could play on the team.

Besides stripping wins from this season, 11 are wiped away from the previous year. The school was also slapped with a $12,700 fine. Half is the investigation costs; the other half, the penalty for the ineligible players. Their parents are expected to be on the hook for that money; the school will have to fork over rest.

"It is not going to come from tax dollars, not going to shortchange any other program athletics or otherwise at Armwood or other school. We have resources we're going to tap into," Hegarty said.

"We're trying to set good examples. There's plenty of people who follow the rules correctly," explained Corey Sobers, spokesperson for FHSAA. "We want everybody to be playing on a level playing field."

A few players we reached out to declined comment, but Malik Child's spoke to us. He's planning to play for the Hawks next season. He hopes by next year the team can put this behind them.

"I still see a great group of football players so I think we're going to do the same," he said. "I think it can be fixed."

Moving forward, the district plans to be much tighter on eligibility rules.

As for Armwood, it's under a three-year probation.

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