UPDATE: The TSSAA found no violations, so the team will practice and play as normal. The only game Trezevant will forfeit is the Sept. 29 game against Memphis Academy of Health Sciences. Shelby County Schools released the following statement Tuesday:
“The District is diligently working to complete its investigation at Trezevant High School; therefore, no details about the outcome of the District’s investigation are available at this time. The TSSAA, however, has reported that no violations have been found involving the Trezevant football team, so practices have resumed and the team will play out the remainder of the 2016 football schedule. The only game this season the team will have to forfeit is the September 29th game against Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A local high school has decided to forfeit some of their football games after grade discrepancies were discovered by the administration.
According to Shelby County Schools, the Trezevant High School principal was conducting an academic audit to make sure all student athletes were taking the right classes to graduate when the discoveries were made.
The district wouldn't go into any specifics.
"Due to the severity of this issue, we have decided to forfeit all games played to date this season, as well as the football game tonight versus Memphis Academy of Health Sciences and all future games until the internal investigation is over," the district said in a released statement. "We understand the impact this has on our students, but it’s necessary as we fully understand the seriousness of the situation."
WREG has learned this involves changing the grades of some players.
A source told us that Trezevant Head Coach Teli White has been suspended during the investigation.
Trezevant athletes wouldn't speak to us saying the school had warned them their futures might be on the line if they did so.
However, many of them denied the grade-changing allegations against him.
Shelby County Schools believe the issue does not extend beyond Trezevant High, but said they would be reaching out to other principals to remind them this type of dishonesty would not be tolerated.