UPDATE: SCS issued 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 growing grade-changing scandal affecting young football players at Trezevant High School may actually extend to the entire school.
On Thursday, Shelby County Schools released a statement saying the principal at the school self-reported grade discrepancies involving athletes to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.
The head of the TSSAA confirmed that conversation, but said he was blindsided when reporters told him the school was forfeiting all games this season.
"We do not have anything official from our office in regards to any potential ineligible athletes or forfeitures of games."
The TSSAA said the principal told him the school discovered potential ineligible players, but that none of them had played in any games.
As far as they are concerned, that doesn't nullify any wins.
The allegation being repeated over and over again at the school is that the coaches went into the system and put in new grades.
Former teacher Keith Williams said that doesn't add up.
"A coach is not able to change grades in this system. They do not have the certification, the credentials, and the access to doing so," he said.
Williams is now the President of the Memphis Shelby County Education Association, which represents all three suspended Trezevant staffers.
He said only administrators woul dbe able to alter students' transcripts.
In a statement on Thursday, Shelby County Schools said they had no reason the believe this was a problem beyond the school.