ATLANTA – Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday that the school system was moving to prosecute parents who falsified documents involving the recruitment of athletes at Grady High School.
In a release Friday, Davis said the school district has cooperated with the Georgia High School Association, which levied penalties against the school. An internal investigation indicated that address fraud in connection with the recruitment of football players at Grady High did occur.
Davis said several school employees implicated in the scandal have resigned. In addition, the majority of lay coaches involved with the team are no longer with the program. One of the coaches, according to Davis, was never properly certified to be a lay coach.
Along with the pursuit of prosecution of parents who falsified documents, the district plans to seek tuition payments from families of Grady athletes who lived outside the city of Atlanta.
Davis says the school will have a new football coach and new athletic director for the 2014-2015 school year, who will ensure proper accountability and compliance with district and GHSA guidelines.
Davis named Earthwind C. Moreland as interim physical education teacher and head football coach at Grady. Moreland is a graduate of Grady High School, and was an all-city football player while enrolled there. He has had experience as a special teams wide receivers and assistant defensive backs coach for Grady and North Atlanta high schools, as well as a defensive coordinator for Westlake High School.
Moreland also was a defensive back for the NFL's New York Jets and Cleveland Browns and NFL Europe's Rhine Fire before winning a Super Bowl championship with the New England Patriots. Moreland closed out his professional football career with the AFL's Georgia Force. Moreland is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He also holds a Master of Education in physical science from the University of West Georgia.
Davis goes on to say that the investigation is continuing, and that additional personnel actions and penalties may follow.