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FHSAA reduces Wiregrass Ranch fine by half

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Tue. July 12, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

The Florida High School Athletic Association has cut Wiregrass Ranch’s fine in half after the school tried to correct its program following a recruiting investigation, the FHSAA announced Tuesday evening.

Wiregrass Ranch will pay $6,275 after clarifying its rules for outside groups using school facilities and increasing compliance meetings. Those actions came after the FHSAA determined the school violated 10 rules during the recruitment of girls basketball player Briahanna Jackson, including letting an AAU coach use the school’s facilities without a contract.

The initial fine was $12,525.

“It’s good news,” Bulls athletic director David Wilson said. “I think all throughout the process we’ve never been doing anything but trying to do what’s right and following everything we’re supposed to be doing. … Obviously we’ve been told what we needed to do, and we’re doing it.”

Coach Greg Finkel resigned last week following the investigation.

Wilson said Wiregrass is accepting applications for the head coaching job until Thursday. A new coach could be named as soon as next week.

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