Judge: Punishment For High School Football Program OK

A San Joaquin County judge ruled today that local sports authorities can sanction a Stockton high school football program accused of improperly recruiting student athletes from American Samoa.

The Stockton Unified School District filed a request yesterday to try to lift the punishments ordered by the California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body of area high school sports.

The judge's ruling means Franklin High School's football program will have to forfeit 19 victories for the past three seasons and can't compete in the playoffs through the 2011 season.

A six-month investigation alleged that a relative of an assistant football coach paid the students' parents to send their sons from the South Pacific to Stockton to play sports.

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