Hamilton football eligible for playoffs after AIA board rescind probation for recruiting violation

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board on Tuesday rescinded the probation it had placed on the Hamilton High School football team and instead issued a warning.

The decision means the Huskies will be eligible for this season’s playoffs.

The move came after the board heard an appeal from Hamilton seeking to rescind probation, which the board ordered Aug. 15 for a recruiting violation by former team defensive coordinator Tim Dougherty. The trial period made the Huskies ineligible for the playoffs, although it allowed them to play this season.

Hamilton High School football defensive coordinator Tim Dougherty during practice at the school's stadium.

Hamilton, again expected to be a top contender in Conference 6A, opens Friday’s game at home against Centennial.

“We just made sure that we understood that all of their requests and the corrective actions that they listed this time were more extensive,” AIA Executive Director David Hines said. “The board felt that it was an action again by an individual, a coach, that the warning placed on the athletic program is to make sure they do the things that they are supposed to do. And the kids are not being punished for the actions of Coach.”

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