High School Coach Improperly Recruited Samoan Players

An investigation by local sports authorities finds an assistant football coach at a U.S. high school led his team to a string of victories by improperly recruiting more than a dozen players from American Samoa and offering them housing.

The six-month probe alleges a Samoa-based relative of the coach began meeting with the students' parents as early as 2004, and persuaded them to send their sons from the remote South Pacific island to Stockton.

Once there, the coach is accused of housing the students at his home, with his brother or with other coaches.

Authorities say 14 students and their families flew to California on tickets purchased by the coach's mother, and were put up in motels for a week paid for by Franklin High School personnel.

Officials say the coaches helped the parents get fake utility bills to establish their sons' residency, and the Yellowjackets gained a new set of recruits to advance their standing within the league.

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