St. Petersburg Catholic will be allowed to hold preseason football classics and spring jamborees, effective this season, according to a ruling Wednesday by Florida High School Athletic Association commissioner John Stewart.
It's only the third time in Stewart's four years as commissioner that he reduced a school's penalty for FHSAA violations.
In May 2006, the FHSAA levied SPC's football program with a three-year postseason ban and a $13,000 fine for three counts of recruiting and four counts of illegal practices. FHSAA associate commissioner Sonny Hester made an oncampus visit to SPC Monday, calling it "productive," adding he feels SPC "is headed in the right direction.
New football coach Tod Creneti said he has an oral commitment for a preseason game at Treasure Coast on Aug. 24.