St. Frances Academy Reprimanded By MIAA For Recruiting Violation

September 04, 2018 - 5:57 pm

By 105.7 the Fan Staff 

105.7 the Fan has learned that St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD) has been issued a fine of $500 for violation of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference (MIAA) rules.

A letter of ”reprimand and notice of penalty” was issued on August 28, 2018. The letter, obtained by 105.7 The Fan, states that members of St. Frances’ football coaching staff were in “violation of illegal contact with a student athlete at another member team.” The letter also states the violation has been verified by the MIAA.

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Per the letter sent from MIAA executive director Lee Dove to St. Frances athletic director Nicholas Myles, “if a school is found to have violated any MIAA rules or by-laws they could be subject to a penalty of $500 and/or disqualification of their team from competing in the MIAA playoffs or championship.”

“In this particular case, championship eligibility will not be in jeopardy. However, a fine of $500 has been implemented.”

According to the letter, the decision made by the MIAA Executive Committee “is appealable to the next higher governance body, which is the Board of Governors.” 

A decision to appeal must be received by today: Tuesday, September 4th.

St Frances co-head coach Biff Poggi appeared on Rob Long’s podcast “High School Sports Uncensored” and was asked about the fine. Poggi said he was unaware and phoned St. Frances’ athletic director Nicholas Myles. According to Poggi, Myles was also unaware of the fine. 105.7 The Fan reached out to Mr. Myles for comment; who stated he had received the reprimand after the phone call from Poggi and the school was working on an appeal.

Led by Poggi and co-head coach Henry Russell, controversies surrounded St. Frances this summer. The Panthers dominated their way to their second-straight MIAA A Conference championship in 2017, finishing with a 13-0 record

Five schools – McDonough, Mount Saint Joseph, Calvert Hall, Archbishop Spalding and Gillman made the decision to not play St. Francis this season, for reasons most notably including player safety concerns. The Panthers have four of the state’s top 50 football recruits in the 2019 class, per 247Sports, led by Alabama commits Shane Lee and Darrian Dalcourt. 

In early August, St. Frances was declared MIAA A Conference champions before the season began and are currently playing an independent schedule.

The Panthers rank No. 8 in USA Today’s Super 25 Poll after their opening game against St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA) was suspended due to inclement weather.  They are slated to face off against Christ the King (Middle Village, New York) on Friday night.

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