South Johnston fined $400 for illegal football practices

Staff writerAugust 8, 2011 

South Johnston High School has been fined $400 by the N.C. High School Athletic Association for violations by the school's football team during summer workouts.

The school was penalized for the use of "illegal" equipment and body-to-body contact on seven days in July. The South football program was also placed on probation for a year (from Aug. 1 until July 31, 2012).

“Any additional violation of NCHSAA rules during this time period may result in further review and additional penalties,” the Johnston County Schools said in a news release.

NCHSAA Deputy Commissioner Que Tucker communicated the penalty to South principal Eddie Price after the association’s review of the violations and a Johnston County Schools investigation.

Because head coach Joe Salas resigned after the investigation, the school was not allowed to conduct off-season workouts from July 13-29, and South Johnston cancelled all of its scheduled scrimmage hours. The NCHSAA said no further penalties would be levied.

Shane Dular was named head coach of South after Salas' resignation. The Trojans open the 2011 season on Aug. 19 at home against Midway.

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