Destrehan Football Investigation: High School May Have Cheated

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 06:59 PM

By David Ogul

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A Destrehan, La., high school football team is under investigation after several of its coaches were accused of cheating and illegally accessing an opponent's computer account that housed its playbook.

Fox 8 Live in New Orleans said the Louisiana High School Association has forced Destrehan High School, about 25 miles west of New Orleans, to forfeit its win against South Lafourche.

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The St. Charles School District, which oversees Destrehan, issued a statement condemning the team’s actions.

“As soon as the concerns were brought to our attention, and internal investigation was conducted,” the school board said in a statement, as reported by Fox 8 news. “The information gathered from our internal investigation was then sent to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Any actions that jeopardize the integrity of the school system or Destrehan High School will not be tolerated. The investigation by the LHSAA is ongoing; therefore we are unable to comment any further at this time.”

The Shreveport Times said the scandal involves breaking into a website that houses game and practice film, along with schemes and playbooks, for high school football teams. The Times said members of Destrehan’s staff accessed South Lafourche’s username and access to Hudl and spent some 12 hours reviewing its methods. Destrehan romped Lafourche 49-24 on Friday.

Five people have been arrested in connection to Hudl-gate, according to Fox 8, including assistant coaches Wayne Sentilles, 32, Daniel Luquet, 30, Greg Boyne, 41, and Ryan Fournier, 29. Fournier’s girlfriend, Emily Guidry, 29, also was arrested for offenses against intellectual property.

South Lafourche distributed a news release Tuesday that read, “The alleged violations involve improper and unauthorized access by certain Destrehan coaches to practice video of the South LaFourche team during the week of practice prior to the game.” The viewing, the school said, “gave Destrehan an unfair competitive advantage and was a violation of sportsmanship, ethics and fair play, and potentially exposed South Lafourche High School players to an increased risk of injury.”

“We’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” Kenny Henderson, executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, told the Shreveport Times.

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