With a new coach and a large amount of seniors graduating, it seems that Lawrence Academy's brief era of monumental success is coming to an end. Meanwhile, the accompanying turbulence and controversy seems to be going as strong as ever.
Prompted by a sit-down silent protest by the students to express their displeasure with not being told what the school was punished for -- the Independent School League recently decided to take back the Spartans' back-to-back league titles, among other penalties -- the school released a statement giving a closer look as to why they were sanctioned against.
According an unnamed student source, Lawrence Academy administration approached former coach Mike Taylor for a donation a handful of times when the school fell short of being able to provide enough financial aid, with the understanding that the donation would go to covering the balance.
The source also claims that Lawrence Academy was penalized for players holding summer weight-lifting sessions, an offense that he claims the ISL athletic directors had to misinterpret the rules to penalize the school.
Previously, the ISL has been adamant about not commenting outside of their general statement that was released with the sanctions earlier this week.
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