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October 2, 2012

Swearngin addresses allegations

THOMASVILLE — The results from last Friday's Lowndes-Colquitt County football game will not be overturned.

That was the messaged conveyed by Dr. Ralph Swearngin, Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association.

Swearngin made the comments amid allegations made by Colquitt County coach Rush Propst that members of Thomas County Central's coaching staff conspired with Lowndes' coaching staff to steal signals during last week's Region 1-AAAAAA contest, which resulted in the Vikings' 17-14 victory.

“Once the game is played and it's over with, there is no mechanism to undue any results of any games,” Swearngin said. “That's completely off the table. If there are allegations of ethics violations or procedural violations from the GHSA by-laws, then of course, there could be institutional penalties assessed which would largely be fines. But then again I don't speculate because I don't know what went on.

“Basically, nothing's going to happen to overturn the results of the game. Obviously, we are concerned anytime there are allegations of ethics violations.”

Central coach Bill Shaver has denied any wrongdoing by him or athletic director Mike Singletary while they watched the game from the sidelines. Lowndes coach Randy McPherson also denied the cheating accusations while speaking to the Valdosta Daily-Times on Monday.

Central assistant coach Buzz Payne, who worked under Propst at Colquitt County two years ago, was also accused on the Georgia Varsity Sports Vent of standing with the Lowndes’ assistant coaches in the visitor’s pressbox stealing signs.

Payne has yet to comment on the allegations.

Though Swearngin addressed the issue on Tuesday, he said the GHSA has not officially received any formal allegations of wrongdoing.

“I am aware that there are some concerns and there probably will be some things sent to the GHSA office but we haven't seen anything yet,” Swearngin said. “I have been told that something will be sent to us. I don't know exactly what and I don't know when.”

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