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Milton Boys' Basketball Coach David Boyd Resigns

The high school reported problems of undue influence at the school to the Georgia High School Athletic Association.

UPDATED 11:10 a.m.

boys basketball coach resigned after the school self reported allegations of "undue influence" in its boys" basketball program.

David Boyd resigned from the Fulton County Schools system on Monday, Sept. 10, according to Samantha Evans, Fulton Schools' spokesperson.

"Milton High self-reported allegations of what the Georgia High School Association terms 'undue influence' in its boys' varsity basketball program," Evans said. "Due to these allegations, there will be a varsity boy's basketball coaching change."

"As we move forward there will be a thorough investigation and the development of a comprehensive strategy to move our program to new heights of integrity and excellence," said Milton Principal Clifford Jones in an email to parents on Sept. 10.

According to the Milton Eagles basketball website, Boyd had a record of 573-186, including  14 region titles, 12 Elite Eight’s and 10 Final Fours. He is 9-0 in those Final Fours and has gone on to win 6 State Championships. He is the only coach is state history to win 5 State titles at 4 different High Schools. The latest state titles were with Milton High in 2010 and 2012.

The GHSA has been informed that a report is being prepared about some recruiting allegations at Milton High, said Steve Figueroa, GHSA director of media relations in an email response to questions.

"Obviously we don't know any specifics at this time since we have not seen the report yet," he said.

The Georgia High School Association defines recruiting and undue influence as "the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a GHSA school to induce a student of any age to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic or literary competition purposes, whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the GHSA," according to its bylaws and constitution found online.

"In the days ahead, the focus will be to support our student athletes, their families and the program," Evans said.

According to the GHSA constitution, the use of undue influence to secure or retain a student for competitive purposes is prohibited. Penalties can be assessed against either school involved in the transfer. And the student may forfeit one year of eligibility from the enrollment date.

Evidence of undue influence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal contact initiated by coaches, boosters, or other school personnel in an attempt to persuade transfer
  • Gifts of money, jobs, supplies or clothing
  • Free transportation
  • Free admission to contests
  • An invitation to attend practices and/or games
  • A social event (other than an official schoolwide Open House program) specifically geared for prospective athletes
  • Free tuition beyond the allowable standards found in by-law 1.82
  • A coach asking a prospective student for contact information

Even boosters can fall afoul of these rules, which can cause problems. They don't have to belong to the booster club, either. The GHSA considers the following persons or groups as boosters: members of the school's Booster Club; alumni; parents; guardians; or relatives of a student or former student; financial donors; or donors of time and effort.

Craig Looney September 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I wonder if Steve Figueroa (GHSA) will vacate the recent 5AAAAA state championship even with the cloud over Milton High School with their recent graduate of Charles Mann who “SO CALLED” moved from Union Grove. GHSA took 3 games, but still let Milton compete. Also, are there more AD’s out there that are willing to step up (Wheeler, Norcross and Shiloh).
Cindy Orr September 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It sounds like sour grapes, for kids that weren't good enough to play. I will say again what people said two years ago when people were whining then, if you could move to a school for scholastic opportunities is no different then for sports. Coach Boyd not only coached them, he also had one of the most polite group of kids at school. I am appalled by the whining because Milton beat your teams.
Craig Looney September 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I'm sorry but Coach Boyd...let me take coach out of the equation. Boyd can't coach, because if he could coach he would take the kids in district and win. Milton is not a university, nor are the other high schools that were previously mention.
jackdenz September 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Exactly Church, I am blown away by the support for cheating. That's all it is and was. Thats his MO. many people not in the coaching circle as coaches are clueless to this. I live in that community, and the many of the kids do not. Lexington Farms apartments is the cover. Parents, isn't this teaching your kids to play the system. Forget Boyd, he is what he is. But parents are saying hey as long as we dont get caught it is all OK. So mom (wanting your kid to be a star so bad), he should do the same thing at school (cheat but dont get caught), at work, and with his wife later.... as long as he doesnt get caught. Paterns are learned and many boys learn life lessons from there sports experiences... hard work, determination, honesty, integrity, and how to man up and make your existing team better and not quit to join the hottest ticket. Patterns!!! The gig is up and he rushed to resign so he can say he was not fired and do the same thing somewhere else. We ran a test and I know 100% somet of the kids (families) do not live in that district! G
MG September 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Transfered for academic reasons..... HAAA what a joke. I factually know that a number of the past and current players were struglling at there old schools and were/are struggling at Milton. That is beyond funny. No sour grapes here, I do not have a team that lost to Milton. But I am extremely deep rooted in the high school/AAU & college recruitment world and know factually Boyd is shady. Factually.
North Fulton September 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM
What Boyd did is wrong. For the poster that said these kids took the spot of some kid in the district that did not get the opportunity to play nor be exposed to a div 1 school. I would submit that the kid would never have made the team. How is what Coach Boyd did any different than the parent that makes a major donation to the athletics department or team so their kid can gain a spot on the team? Cheating is cheating! No matter what form it take.
MiltonMan September 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Sorry, Cindy. I don't have any kids in high school. No sour grapes. It just isn't ethical. Does it pass the smell test for you? It sure never did for me.
Johnny Warren September 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
It's about time. EVERYONE knew what he was doing. He was arrogant. He did nothing for the boys in the feeder program. He was a trophy chaser, who by the way, got out-coached in the 2011 state championship game... when he had far superior talent on the court. He always defended his practice by playing the race card. The only surprise in this entire story is that the school FINALLY did the right thing. BTW I was playing hoops at Lifetime one day and started chatting with a Milton player who said to me... "I was just recruited to play at Milton this year." Who cares how many state championships Milton wins, if they have to bring in outsiders to do it, it cheapens the title... and robs Milton's own players from having the opportunity to play and compete. Hopefully the new coach will focus on developing a program, rather than recruiting one. BRAVO!
drew binford September 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
If you were actually some what smart, you would know that wheeler and norcross recuit as well. Milton is not the only public school that does this.
harry September 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Cindy Orr, I truly feel sorry for you, your missing the point it’s not whining or sour grapes it’s setting the appropriate example. If you think Mr. Boyd has done nothing wrong I would not want you or Mr. Boyd mentoring my child. harry
Walter Cole September 12, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Any coach that can get this many players a college scholarship has done his job. Thats what its all about, getting kids to college. And with his record and championships, its obvious he didn't NEED to go out looking for players to recruit. Even the most talented high school players from anywhere in the nation would be honored and delighted to be a part of a program like Milton. The kids WANTED to go there before Boyd knew they even existed. I know personally because I have friends who transferred to Milton just to have greater chance of getting a scholarship. And for parents to complain that these transfers are the reason their child isn't on the team??? Well DUHH, if you're not good enough you're not good enough. Only the BEST players in the school should get on the floor. That is how it always should be. KUDOS Coach Boyd. I'm certain he will find another basketball program and community to turn in the right direction.
Craig Looney September 12, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I listen to all you Boyd supporters, but in the summer of 2011 I witness Boyd at Harrison High School watching Charles Mann play in a AAU tournament. He was attending Union Grove High School. What did GHSA do to Milton once the season started, took only 3 games from Milton.....WOW. GHSA should've taken the whole season from Milton.
North Fulton September 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Walter, I agree with you that only the best players should get on the floor. However I respectfully disagree with you that Boyd got those players scholarships. Those boys could play and given their AAU exposure got them the scholarship. The only thing Boyd did was have them all playing for the same school which really helps when factoring National rankings. You could put all of those players on say a Roswell or Northview team and they still will get a scholarship. I would also suggest that Boyd is not a really good coach. In high school if you have two D-1 type players you can win several games and get to the playoff every year. If you have four you can win state if you know what you're doing. This guy had 7 he should win every year by a margin of 20. Just an observer with an AAU basketball background.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I see insults and name calling have begun in this discussion. Stop. Stick to the topic and issue. Argue your point, but be respectful of each other even if you don't respect each other's views.
North Fulton September 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Northview is ranked higher the Milton academically.
NFulton Mom September 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
That's where you're wrong. His JOB was to coach and teach the kids that he was assigned to coach and teach...those in his district! The other districts all over the country have that same responsibility to their kids. He can act like he did nothing wrong helping kids from the "other side of the tracks", but for every kid he helped, he hurt one of his own, one that he was hired to help. He only "helped" those kids because it served his interest and ego. He doesn't lose a wink of sleep at night for the kids that didn't make the team for the 8 yrs that he coached...those that would have if he had been looking out for THEIR best interest as his JOB dictated. And one other thing....other schools who are trying to follow the rules cannot compete with those who don't...plain and simple FACT.
NFulton Mom September 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
It's not sour grapes...it's called morals. You remember, don't you? You know, right from wrong..that sort of thing. Don't forget that we are raising men who we all should want to be good, honest adults one day, no matter how good they play basketball. Coaches and teachers play a major role in instilling good morals in our children. They have to lead by example.
DCL September 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Really??? U r kidding right?? These kids were seen in the summers during the AAU seasons where this behavior is common practice, albeit equally disgusting. Bribing kids, kids families, coaches, etc. is at ugly and unethical ... remember those inconvenient little things called ethics? Colleges are recruiting from the AAU ranks, almost exclusively. These were elite players that colleges were fighting over and would have done so regardless of this cheating behavior. Forget about the cheating path you've placed these kids on and how that will impact the rest of their lives. Where are all the grown ups??
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Sour grapes? The kids know they are cheating when they transfer like this. Sounds like you may be having trouble acklowledging responsibility for your own behavior. Common among today's parents ... adjusting logic so that you can do whatever you want without considering the impact you are having on others. How about having your child go through some adversity where he's at ... he might just build some character. Without it, college will be the high point of his life. This recruiting behavior is rampant in high school basketball and now seeping into other sports. Good folks are now being forced to move their kids to honest schools/teams when a team of Elite players shows at their schools. What's funny, sometimes these coaches end up losing players of equal calibur thinking the grass is greener. Take a look at North Gwinnett and tell me that makes sense!
Fiona Bagley September 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I agree. And here we are living right next to the school and have to have a notarized affidavit turned in every year to PROVE that aour kids are entitled( ie: live within the boundaries) to go to the school. A couple of years ago I was told they couldn't "find" my affidavit. I received a letter giving me a date by which to turn in a new one or my kids would be "removed" from school. Unfortunately my kids are not sports stars - guess then it doesn't matter............
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
You cannot say who and who wouldnt have made any team when you tip the scales like this. All you can say is that the cheater is reqarded. The child that does not get a chance now has an example/experience to emulate later in life. The hoops scene in ATL is a seedy place...a bunch of folks that will do anything to get their kids scholarships to play "ball". Character be damned.
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
They should strip the titles from the school and make the players return the rings. The kids knowingly cheated too. One year of eligibility is a joke. Set and example ... take away their entire eligibility.
NFulton Mom September 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Being sorry because you did it and being sorry that you got caught are two different things.
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:31 PM
hardly ... ethics do exist. Wether they are practiced or not does not remove for all of us the need to assert them. Your comments are a cheap shot to all of us in the "corporate" world that practice business ethics... and believe me, there are more of us that do than don't. If there werent our system would collapse. Grow up and Stop reading the left wing corporate hate junk...just a thought!
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Did you make it past the 2nd grade dude? your logic is defunct. Logic is much like math and, therefore, cannot be manipulated to meet your needs. I'll make it simple for you...no cheating means no titles. ALL of these kids werer gettting scholarships and were identified as potential recruits before they hit the Milton floor. you r correct...he will surface somewhere...sad for that school.
DCL September 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
your position as the best has just been dismissed...the public now know that you are not the best ... only the best cheaters. The academic thing...well, I can assure you, your numbers just got better as your hoops team will soon be made up of kids that study.
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg September 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
What? Someone named DCL is arguing with me? I didn't catch that. I just made an observation about 10 comments back.... and that observation was simply from reading this article. I've never been to a Milton basketball game in my life nor do I know this Coach.....
Ketih Marshall September 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Get your facts straight Harvey. The Marshall's have lived in the same house for over 20 years which is in the Milton School district!! My wife has been a Community Swim Coach for Alpharetta for years. As a Community Coach, she can coach at any school in Fulton County. Fact is we live in Milton school district and our boys will run and swim for Milton. My wife loves swimming and coaching and happens to be a coach at a rival school. No big deal. Get the facts straight before posting next time. Keith Marshall
Bob Pepalis (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
A person commenting on this article made an accusation against a specific family – by name. Personal attacks are not allowed, so this comment was removed. The claim that the family in question lived in a different high school attendance zone was not backed up by fact, either. This is the current Milton attendance zone map: http://portal.fultonschools.org/departments/Operations/Operational_Planning/Documents/ZoneMaps/HS/MiltonHS_1213.pdf
dsf September 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
whatever school they played for the Championships should receive the trophy and the rings. GHSA should pay for them for allowing this to happen. I feel for the kids at Milton, you just don't bring kids "from the other side of the track" or anywhere just to receive schlorships and to receive Championships. Whatever happened to "Academics" What happened to teaching children "morals".

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