Ocean Lakes (VA) head coach suspended for recruiting violations

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For the second time this month, the coach of a highly successful high school football team finds himself on the sidelines over recruiting violations.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Chris Scott, head coach of the 2014 Virginia Class 6A champion Ocean Lakes Dolphins, has been suspended for three games after a two month investigation into alleged recruiting violations by Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  In addition to missing the first three games of the season, Scott will also miss all of preseason practice, except for the first week between July 30th and August 6th.

Virginia High School League rules prohibit a school or its representatives from encouraging a student to transfer from one school to another for sports or other activities.

Scott has been the head coach of Ocean Lakes for seven years.  Last year, the Dolphins finished in the Top 25 in several national media outlet polls and recently the team was ranked #12 in the nation by MaxPreps in its Early Contenders Poll.  Ocean Lakes wasn’t ranked last year by High School Football America.

Earlier this  month, Butch Goncharoff, head coach of Washington-power Bellevue, was given a two-game suspension because of recruiting violations.

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