LHSAA forces John Curtis to forfeit wins and state title

LHSAA forces John Curtis to forfeit wins and state title

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana High School Athletics Association upheld a ruling Wednesday that John Curtis be penalized for the appearance of improprieties.

In addition to over 20 wins from 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Patriots' 2013 state title will be forfeited. LHSAA ruled that LSU freshman Willie Allen's living accommodations during his last three years at Curtis created the appearance of improprieties. Due to transportation issues, Allen began living with Patriots assistant Jerry Godfrey, and his family, during his sophomore year.

Head coach J.T. Curtis contends that Allen enrolled at the school in eighth grade, before changing his living arrangement, therefore it was not a matter of recruitment. Curtis told reporters after the ruling, "I had great hopes that they would realize that the rule is very poorly written and it needs to be revisited and we could move forward but that did not happen."

Allen is reportedly set to redshirt his freshman year due to a knee injury. Curtis begins the season Friday night against Landry-Walker at Muss Bertolino Stadium.

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