A lawsuit has been filed in King County Superior Court in Washington asking the court to overturn sanctions against the Bellevue High School football program. Currently, the Wolverines are banned from playing in the postseason for two years, plus Bellevue isn’t allowed to play any non-league games for two years and out-of-state teams for four years. The team also can’t accept any support from its Bellevue Wolverine Football Club for four years.
According to The Seattle Times, a lawsuit was filed Monday by the Bellevue Wolverine Football Club, plus football parents Jarret Johnson and Tami and Dinny Hansen. Johnson’s son is reported to be an incoming freshman player, while the Hansens have a son who is a sophomore in the program.
The Seattle Times reports that the 14-game suit states the sanctions are “arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to the facts and the governing Washington law.”
The lawsuit doesn’t seek monetary damage. The plaintiffs are just asking that the sanctions be lift.
The school has distanced itself from the Bellevue Wolverine Football Club after an independent investigation determined that it had made nearly $600,000 worth of payments to head coach Butch Goncharoff over a ten year (2002-2012) period. The story goes on to say that a new booster club called the Bellevue High School Football Club has been formed and is working to raise money for the program, even though it can’t give the football team any money for at least two years.
School district officials had planned to fire Goncharoff, but instead placed him on administrative leave.