LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky High School Athletic Association sanctioned Holy Cross High School in Louisville for athletic violations that included using middle school players at a non-feeder school in athletic competitions.
The KHSAA put the team on probation through the 2013 football season, fined them, and required coaches to review the two bylaws they broke.
The school also self-imposed penalties by suspending football coaches, restricting athletic attendance, and calling for more policy training.
Brett Newton, the football coach and assistant athletic director of North Bullitt High School said he filed the complaint in February 2012 after learning 8th graders for a feeder middle school to North Bullitt were used in a weightlifting competition. He said Holy Cross had similar violations in 2004 and 2010 and was sanctioned for the 2004 violations.
Students must be not be enrolled at a non-feeder middle school to be eligible.
The controversy is a product of the ongoing debate between private and public school football recruiting.