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NAACP urges OHSAA to reconsider punishment against DPS over football scandal

Dunbar players were told to lose on purpose to avoid reporting an ineligible player. (Photo: Dayton Public Schools TV)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The NAACP is urging OHSAA to reconsider punishing Dayton Public Schools over recent football scandal.

Dayton Unit President Derrick Foward said the three-year probation punishes students for a decision made by adults.

Last fall, Dunbar players were told to lose on purpose to avoid reporting an ineligible player. OHSAA handed down a 3-year probation, meaning they are in trouble and could lose membership if problems persist.

“Our lone concern is strictly related to the children of Dayton Public Schools,” Foward said.

Foward sent multiple letters to OHSAA with recommendations and even met with them last week about the scandal.

“What we want to happen is the penalty lie with the adults who made the decision,” Foward said.

The association listened, but wouldn't comply.

Instead they changed the word probation to enforceable review, an unwelcome compromise.

“I read this letter that was sent to me and this is not what we agreed upon,” Foward said.

Foward is disappointed, saying kids still suffer. He wants DPS to appeal the decision.

Superintendent Rhonda Corr said it's time to move on.

“The Dunbar situation is something that I think has just has taken so much attention away from other work that needs to be done,” Corr said.

But who should be held accountable?

No coaches have been punished and shortly after the OHSAA ruling, Athletic Director Mark Baker was awarded a 2-year contract extension.

“Should there be discipline, something should happen,” Foward said.

The NAACP won't rest until something happens, continuing this never-ending fight.

“Our main concern is we care about the children of Dayton Public Schools,” Foward said.

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