Belaire athletic director among 4 placed on paid leave for grade change allegation

Belaire athletic director among 4 placed on paid leave for grade change allegation - 5 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Four top administrative officials at an East Baton Rouge Parish high school have been placed on administrative leave over an investigation into allegations of illegal grade changes for more than a dozen football players.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) is investigating the Belaire High Bengals for allegedly using ineligible players and using other members of the team in games when they were not registered with the LHSAA, according to sources. The allegations are serious and could lead to the team forfeiting their five wins this year.

Head football coach Claude Coleman along with guidance counselor Linda White were placed on administrative leave Tuesday. Principal Roy Walker and Athletic Director Chauncey Moore were also placed on administrative leave as of Thursday.

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Coleman also fired two assistant coaches and dismissed several members of the team after its only loss during a 5-1 start, leaving the Bengals with less than half of its roster going into Friday night's homecoming game with St. Michael.

With Coleman on administrative leave, Jarvis Turner has stepped in as interim head coach.

According to sources, there are also allegations of misappropriation of funds and fraudulent claims involving the school's finances. The LHSAA is expected to comment on Monday, October  17.

On Tuesday, Coleman said the player had a legitimate grade change and has not played in any of the games in question.

Coleman said he thinks an ex-employee may have triggered the investigation after Coleman fired three assistant coaches earlier this year.

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