March 7, 2014
Stockton sports officials say a local high school football team will be punished for improperly recruiting players from American Samoa.
Franklin High School will have to forfeit 19 victories for the past three seasons and will be banned from competing in the playoffs through the 2011 season.
The penalties are the final step in a six-month probe alleging that a Samoa-based relative of an assistant coach persuaded the students' parents to send their sons to Stockton from American Samoa to play sports.
Once there, the coach is accused of housing some of the students at his home.