FHSAA chief: Armwood probe could stretch another month

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Tue. April 3, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Amid widespread rumblings that the Florida High School Athletic Association's verdict on Armwood's football program was only two weeks away, we reached out Tuesday to the association's executive director for his timetable.

His response: Don't hold your breath.

In an e-mail Tuesday to the Times, Dr. Roger Dearing said he hopes the FHSAA's preliminary investigation into the Hawks program, nearly five months old, will be completed within the next 30 days.

But that's only the first part.

"After that, preliminary findings are sent to the school for further investigation on their part," Dearing wrote, "so in reality the investigation is not complete until they give us their response with their findings."

Armwood would have 10 business days to respond to the findings of the FHSAA investigation, launched around the same time a local TV news report questioned the validity of a Hawks senior's transfer from outside the county. The probe later widened to include other players.

Dearing said any ruling (i.e. fines, forfeitures, etc.) would come only after Armwood has responded to the FHSAA's preliminary findings.

Translation: This thing could stretch into early- or mid-May.

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