Grundy County High School football program placed on probation, head coach suspended
The Grundy County football team has placed on a two-year probation by the TSSAA after a self-reported recruiting violation.
Head coach Tracy Hayworth, who's entering his second season with the Yellow Jackets, will also be suspended for the first two games of the 2019 season that includes a home game against South Pittsburg (August 30th) and an away contest against York Institute (September 9th).
Assistant coach Nick Meeks also received a two-game suspension that includes a home game against Bledsoe County (September 13th) and an away contest against DeKalb County (September 20th).
That means the Yellow Jackets will go the first four games of the season without a full coaching staff. If Hayworth or Meeks are on campus during their suspended games they will be terminated immediately.
The violations occurred on July 20th when two student-athletes from Sequatchie County entered the Grundy Co. fieldhouse, with Grundy Co. coaches present, and took pictures and videos with Grundy Co. uniforms on. They also rode a team bus to Tullahoma High School for a meet-and-greet with current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Grundy Co. self-reported the violations resulting in the TSSAA waiving the $1,000 fine it usually gives in this situation.
In order to remain transparent in the future, Grundy Co. will be installing cameras in their fieldhouse pointed mainly at the weight room and coaches office as a safety precaution for coaches and players.
The probationary period will run from August 30th, 2019 to August 29, 2021. During this time the Grundy Co. football team is only allowed one spring scrimmage and one fall scrimmage. At least two coaches must be present during a weight room or conditioning activity as well.