South Lafourche accuses Destrehan football coaches of spying

THIBODAUX, La. - South Lafourche High School has accused some Destrehan High School football coaches of obtaining unauthorized access to Lafourche practice video, giving Destrehan an unfair advantage and increasing the risk of injury to Lafourche players, according to a news release from Lafourche schools Public Information Officer Floyd Benoit.

South Lafourche reported the alleged violation to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association following last week's game between the schools.

The practice sessions of the South Lafourche team are recorded on a HUDL password-protected web-based account, which allows players to access practice sessions to view their performance, according to the release.

"It is the understanding of SLHS that several of the coaches of the Destrehan football team have admitted to accessing the account and using the information to game plan against SLHS" during the week of practice prior to the game, the release said.

"The viewing of the video of SLHS practices, in the view of the administration and coaches of SLHS, gave Destrehan an unfair competitive advantage and was a violation of sportsmanship, ethics and fair play, and potentially exposed South Lafourche High School players to an increased risk of injury," the release said. 

The Lafourche Parish School Board administration and the administration at South Lafourche High School are awaiting a decision from the LHSAA. South Lafourche is seeking forfeiture of the game and disciplinary action against the coaches who were allegedly involved.

St. Charles Parish Public Schools release the following statement:

"As soon as the concerns were brought to our attention, an internal investigation was conducted.  The information gathered from our internal investigation was then sent to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.  Any actions that jeopardize the integrity of the school system or Destrehan High School will not be tolerated. The investigation by the LHSAA is ongoing; therefore we are unable to comment any further at this time."