Many upset over HS football scandal

November 10, 2009 9:37:59 PM PST
Fayetteville parents are fighting to get their kids back on the football field.The Cumberland County School Board met Tuesday evening to discuss Terry Sanford's football controversy.

Members heard from upset parents who want them to appeal a decision by state athletic officials.

Monday, the state ruled Terry Sanford High School used an ineligible football player during the season.

The team was forced to forfeit its nine wins. The ruling knocked the team out of the playoffs and ended its battle for the state championship.

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"The lesson in integrity and self reporting and turning yourself in and making the right decision has got to outweigh any championship so it's unfortunate and I'm sorry for the whole community, but in the end of the day the board feels the right decision was made," Cumberland County School Board member Greg West said.

The board also met behind closed doors Tuesday night to talk about Terry Sanford's principal, Diane Antolak.

Officials suspended her last week amid allegations of grade changing.

School board members are refusing to say what they talked about or if her suspension is related to the football team.

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