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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Is this a sleepover or a recruiting violation?



That's the $2,500 question from one of the more interesting stories I've covered here.

The FHSAA reprimanded Hernando and fined the Leopards $2,500 for what it deemed a recruiting violation. The school's principal let a student-athlete spend the night at his house, according to the FHSAA. Sometimes that happened on school nights for the player, whose family lives in Pasco  County but was granted an exemption to transfer to Hernando County.

But, according to Hernando assistant principal Brent Gaustad, there's more to it than that. Gaustad said the player was close friends with the principal's son. Other kids slept over, too, so the benefit was available to non-athletes. It's unclear whether other sleepover benefits included access to Call of Duty, popcorn and fluffy objects to wield during 2 a.m. pillow fights.

Read the full story here.

What do you think? Is this a benign case of friends staying over at each others' houses - as I did all the time growing up? Or is this a recruiting violation that should be punished? 


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