LHSAA launches investigation into Brother Martin football program
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has launched a full fledged investigation into the Brother Martin football program, a long time power house around Louisiana. The investigation will be centered around potential recruiting violations by the Crusaders football coach Mark Bonis, that's according to multiple sources.
Via Nola.com, the Times-Picayune is said to have obtained a three-page letter that was sent to the LHSAA and dated June 18, 2018. It was said that the Brother Martin Football program attempted to recruit players from three different schools, Northshore, Salmen, and Slidell.
LHSAA executive president Eddie Bonine confirmed the investigation on Monday and said that it's ongoing, in addition, mentioned that there is no timetable for its conclusion at this point. He had no further comments at this time.
As a response from the school, Brother Martin principle Ryan Gallagher called the allegations, "reckless and irresponsible." he would go onto say via email on Tuesday,
"We were informed two weeks ago that an LHSAA member school had submitted a request for an investigation in writing on school letterhead. We have not been notified at any time of any rules infractions being levied against us," the statement continued to read,
"At Brother Martin High School, we have always modeled fair play, and we have gone to great lengths over the years to be proactive in matters of compliance and adherence to rules, having hosted members of the LHSAA compliance office as part of our faculty in-service days as well as having hosted a meeting of the Catholic Schools Principals Association and its coaches with (Bonine). We have always strived to follow proper protocol in regard to LHSAA rules and regulations. For anyone to suggest otherwise is both reckless and irresponsible."
It'll be interesting to see where this investigation goes from here....