Ohio school fined $10,000 for trying intentionally to lose a game in 2016

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association has fined the Dayton School District $10,000 after a five-month investigation determined that Dunbar High School intentionally tried to lose a regular-season football game last season.

Cleveland.com is reporting that according to the OHSAA, Dunbar deliberately tried to lose to Belmont after being up by 20 points during its Week 10 meeting on Oct. 28, 2016. The loss would not have affected Dunbar’s playoff status, but it would have put an additional Dayton school into the playoffs and allowed Dunbar to avoid having to report using an academically ineligible player in the loss. 

After the game game against Belmont, which Dunbar won 55-33, the OHSAA investigated the use an ineligible player, which forced the school to forfeit its last two games.  Those two forfeits knocked Dunbar out of Division II playoffs, which dropped the team’s record from 9-1 to 7-3.

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