Posted: 10:38 am Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
By Jeff Greer
Updated 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31
The Palm Beach County School District is currently conducting an investigation into the arrest and charging of former Forest Hill teacher and assistant football coach Michael Dudeck, who allegedly forged transcripts for Dwyer and Forest Hill football players so they’d be eligible to play sports.
The investigation’s findings will be sent to the FHSAA if the district makes that determination, school district spokesman Nat Harrington said Tuesday.
The School District acknowledged that it was looking into the incident, which came out last week when the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office announced Dudeck’s arrest, and Harrington said it would take some time to complete.
“It’s complicated,” Harrington said. “Both schools had different experiences, and we’re trying to determine what to do with communicating to the FHSAA.”
The FHSAA said yesterday that it had not received any information regarding the Dudeck case and that it had not started its own investigation. If any of the ineligible student-athletes played last fall, and one of them told investigators that he did, the FHSAA would likely punish the school with vacated wins and forfeits.
Three of the players listed in the probable cause affidavit, compiled by the Palm Beach County state’s attorney office, played for Forest Hill last fall. Another was on Dwyer’s football team after transferring from Forest Hill.
Forest Hill head football coach Chris Kokell said school administrators told him of the ineligible players midway through the season and those players were immediately dismissed from the team, though one of them had already left the team because of a season-ending injury. Dwyer administrators and coaches have not responded to requests for comment.