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Football coach investigated for alleged recruiting violations

Brian Montgomery

Brian Montgomery

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Do you think recruiting is a problem in Gwinnett high school sports?

  • Yes. Something needs to be done. 54%
  • No. It isn't very widespread. 14%
  • Who cares. It happens everywhere. 32%

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SNELLVILLE -- Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools have launched an investigation of Shiloh High School's coach for alleged recruitment violations.

Spokesperson Sloan Roach with Gwinnett County Public Schools said that in late March the Georgia High School Association contacted Shiloh High School "requesting information to help GHSA with its investigation into alleged recruitment violations by Shiloh High football coach Brian Montgomery."

"As a result, Gwinnett County Public Schools has launched an investigation into this matter," Roach said. "As part of that investigation the district is reviewing alleged recruitment practices at that school."

Montgomery has been temporarily reassigned to the district's Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. Roach said that this is Montgomery's first year at Shiloh High School.

Roach said the investigation specifically dealt with GHSA's "recruiting and undue influence bylaws."

"As a district, we believe in the strict adherence to all rules and regulations in regards to the eligibility of our students and hold our staff to the same expectations," Roach said.

Mike Phillips, interim athletic director at Shiloh High School, said he was aware of the situation but declined to comment. Attempts to reach Montgomery on Monday evening were unsuccessful.

According to the GHSA's bylaws, recruiting and undue influence is defined as "the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a GHSA school to induce a student of any age to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic or literary competition purposes, whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the GHSA."

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gwinnettfootballfan 2 years, 4 months ago

This is really a sad situation. But, really?? You are going to call out Shiloh when we know all the other high schools do this too. I mean doesn't Buford do this? But they are able to get around it because they are a city school and charge tuition. So in their case you pay to play. Unfortunately, in Shiloh's case they were not very smart about the way they were doing it. I know hindsight is 20/20 but next time Shiloh, you need to go to Parkview, Brookwood and some of the larger programs in your area to find out how to do it correctly......

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