MILTON, Ga. – Milton High School basketball coach David Boyd was removed from his duties Sept. 10 after complaints of recruiting players. A possible investigation by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) may soon follow.
Principal Clifford Jones said in a letter to parents and students of the school on Monday, Sept. 10 that in an effort to maintain open communication and transparency, “I have unfortunate news to share. Milton High has self-reported allegations of what the Georgia High School Association terms ‘undue influence’ in our boys’ basketball program.”
Due to these allegations, there will be a varsity boys’ basketball coaching change, Jones said.
Boyd resigned Monday from his position as coach.
The GHSA defines undue influence as the use of influence by any person connected 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.”
In short, recruiting players.
“An allegation was brought to my attention,” said Fulton County Athletic Director Steven Craft. “We investigated the allegation.”
Boyd’s defenders say he was a victim of his own success. Athletes in all sports find ways to move into a program they think will make them a better player or showcase their talents to the NCAA better. Boyd’s program certainly attracted the best kids, and that raised questions.
Boyd said in his mind, he has done nothing wrong. He said he gets dozens of emails a month asking how to get in the program, but he has never gone out and recruited a player.
“If helping a kid to be the best he can be, then I’m guilty. But the kids wanted to come here. I’m proud of what these guys have accomplished. They won a lot of scholarships and have gotten a lot of great opportunities,” Boyd said. “They said I exerted ‘undue influence,’ but what does that mean exactly?”
On his Twitter feed, Boyd reiterated he – and his players – did nothing wrong “other than win big and play the best.”
While little time frame was given for when the allegation was made beyond the last few weeks, Jones and Craft said the school moved quickly to find the truth of the matter after the allegation was made.
“We need to make sure that our coaches and assistant coaches understand all the rules [of the GHSA],” Craft said.
By self-reporting Boyd’s alleged actions to the GHSA, Milton does not lessen their chances of facing disciplinary action.
“As we move forward, there will be a thorough investigation and the development of a comprehensive strategy to move our program to new heights of integrity and excellence,” Jones said.
He added that the news has hit the school’s student athletes very hard. No decision has yet been made on a replacement.
The school, 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton, recently won the state basketball championship.
Between 2008 and 2012, the Eagles played in the state championships every year.
In 2012, they won their second state title. Their first was in 2010, and the most recent was their 79-67 win March 10 against Savannah.
Aldo Nahed and Hatcher Hurd contributed to this story.