Akron Archbishop Hoban Football Program faces penalties for recruiting

AKRON, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has issued penalties against Akron Archbishop Hoban Football Program for recruiting violations.

According to a release from OHSAA, the investigation into the football program at the high school on a number of allegations is still ongoing.

But the current penalties stem from a recruiting violation, when head football Coach Tim Tyrrell initiated contact in the fall of 2015 with a student at St. Hilary Elementary School.

“As a veteran coach and the current athletic administrator at Archbishop Hoban, we believe that Tim Tyrrell was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaw,” Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner, said in a release. “Rather than wait until the investigation concluded, which could be toward the end of the season, we felt compelled to announce these penalties now so the team and school have time to make the appropriate accommodations. We appreciate the cooperation of Hoban administrators and hope to conclude this investigation soon.”

The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs. Hoban is also on probation for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and all of the 2017-18 school year.

Tyrrell will be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the summer of 2017.