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  • Unfair Game

    Texas high school athletics rules prohibit students from transferring from district to district for athletic purposes, but that hasn’t stopped coaches and administrators from openly flouting the rules to assemble state championship-caliber teams as part of an underground recruiting system that puts athletics over academics. WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp's reports showed how improper recruiting helped Dallas' Kimball Knights build back-to-back state champ basketball teams, and how former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders' new school, Prime Prep Academy, also drew in blue-chip players against the rules.
  • Unfair Game

    Texas high school athletics rules prohibit students from transferring from district to district for athletic purposes, but that hasn’t stopped coaches and administrators from openly flouting the rules to assemble state championship-caliber teams as part of an underground recruiting system that puts athletics over academics. WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp's reports showed how improper recruiting helped Dallas' Kimball Knights build back-to-back state champ basketball teams, and how former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders' new school, Prime Prep Academy, also drew in blue-chip players against the rules.
  • Hoover High School Investigation

    These stories revealed "academic, financial and moral impropriety related to the Hoover High School football program." Hoover High School has a nationally ranked football program. However, this investigation exposed grade changes and preferential academic treatment for players.
  • Athletes at Risk

    The Herald-Tribune examined the Florida High School Athletic Association's safety policies and regulations to protect the health of high school athletes. They found that the FHSAA lobbied against new health safety measures and kept inadequate records of student deaths. Safety measures did not incorporate the latest life-saving technologies or training.
  • Second String: Gender inequality in high school athletics

    Carl Prine, in a four-part series, details the gender inequalities in athletics at 129 high schools in southwestern Pennsylvania see how well the 1972 Title IX of the Educational Amendments is being enacted in schools. "At each school, the Trib examined the athletic program's participation rates; money spent on equipment, training, travel, uniforms and officials; and coaching salaries for the 1999-2000 school year." While the number of girls interested and playing sports is increasing, Prine investigates why the majority of high school athletic resources go to boys. The Tribune-Review found out that policy in some schools makes sure that two out of every three athletes are boys, for every tax dollar spent on sports, 69 cents goes to boys athletics, school booster clubs poured dollars - sometimes illegally - into boys while neglecting girls, some schools rarely hire female coaches or athletic directors, and few schools and districts hire people to oversee the enforcement of Title IX violations.
  • The Foreign Game

    The Dayton Daily News investigates the growing number of foreign athletes at high schools in and around Dayton. The investigation reveals that "a sophisticated and often secret network of sports agents, coaches and middlemen are flooding American high schools and colleges with foreign athletes. The network, frequently using deception to conceal violations of high-school and college athletic regulations, is driven by schools hungry for championships, by foreign athletes desperate to live in America, and by sports agents poised to make millions should a single grateful player become a star."
  • Second String: Gender Inequalities in High School Athletics

    Carl Prine, in a four-part series, details the gender inequalities in athletics at 129 high schools in southwestern Pennsylvania. "At each school, the Trib examined the athletic program's participation rates; money spent on equipment, training, travel, uniforms and officials; and coaching salaries for the 1999-2000 school year." While the number of girls interested and playing sports is increasing, Prine investigates why more schools aren't upholding Title IX rules and the issues surrounding this long-lived debate.
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    Chicago Tribune series outlines the destructive role high-profile and high-pressure high school athletics plays in the lives of inner-city youths, from the recruitment of 6th, 7th and 8th graders by high schools, to high school athletes becoming virtual free agents; examines the recruitment of one high school basketball star by more than 100 universities, Nov. 10 - 14, 1991.