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Krop High Fined $53,000 For Cheating Basketball Team

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Shakey got spanked.
The Florida High School Athletic Association today released findings from its investigation of Aventura-area Dr. Michael M. Krop High's basketball team, which was disqualified from the playoffs last year amid amidst allegations of rampant cheating.

The verdict: For falsifying information in order to play ineligible students, Krop High is being fined $53,182. Its boy's basketball team, ranked number one in the state at the time of disqualification, will be barred from the playoffs for three years.

New Times' own investigative work appears to have played a large role in the association's findings: The three students found to be in violation-- Joseph Trevin, Angel Rodriguez, and Brian Delancy-- were discovered by this publication to have filed bogus addresses with the school district.

The financial hit is a relative bargain, discounted because Miami-Dade County Public Schools took action based on the association's investigation. Krop was facing a fine of $331,000 which was reduced, according to the athletic association, with the demotion and transfer of former principal Matthew Welker and the ouster of notorious coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez.

In addition, all public school principals and athletic directors in the county will have to attend a "compliance seminar" next year.

The athletic association's findings are redacted, but it's easy enough to figure out which players they refer to.

Residence information was falsified in the cases of guards Joseph and Rodriguez, according to the investigative report. Records showing that faculty member checked on their addresses were also doctored. In Joseph's case, the school produced a data card showing Joseph's dad was employed in Miami, but the kid himself told an investigator his dad worked in Georgia.

The school also failed to fill out a form showing that they did not improperly recruit Rodriguez or Joseph, who transferred from high schools in Puerto Rico and Georgia, respectively.

Brian Delancy's eligibility problems first cast a spotlight on the basketball team. Besides having failed to file proper immigration paperwork, Delancy was shown to have claimed conflicting guardians in documents filed with the county and the athletic association. As New Times first reported, Delancy's purported guardian Bernard Wright was a very sketchy basketball recruiter and long-time crony of Shakey Rodriguez.

The entire athletic department is now on administrative probation for four years, which means if any further cheating is uncovered, it could get dropped from FHSAA competition.

We've embedded the athletic association's memo below.

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12 comments
05 Alumni
05 Alumni

It is really sad that the students in the end are taking the hardest blow. I went to Krop for dance. I couldn't imagine not being able to perform my Senior year because someone else's wrong doing. For some of those boys -m sure basketball was their ticket to a better college or a college period. Now they have to kiss that goodbye. Fire all the officials, staff, coach, principal or whom ever, but the team players isn't at fault, therefore they shouldn't be punished.

Ttsturrup
Ttsturrup

cheaters never win.this guy cheated at miami high and krop.

realist
realist

you want to know about cheating. krop's boys basketball isnt the only team at that school doing it. their girl's basketball program should be taken a look at. they are recruiting as if they are in the collegiate ranks. all of the other grils basketball coaches know about it but nobody is saying anything. they will  get away with this kind of stuff until they get caught. its like their whole athletic program is corrupt

Parent
Parent

Well  mom if you wouldve stayed at Cooper City you wouldve had to worry about any of this

Jdmiami2011
Jdmiami2011

So after all these findings, Kypriss, the Athletic Director, claims ignorance and is only required to attend a compliance seminar while the principal who I believe promoted Kypriss is demoted and transfrerred out of the District.  Are they kidding? 

Jessica
Jessica

We need fair game but not cheating, please respect us basketball fans

Mom
Mom

Why is everyone focusing on Shakey Rodriguez and the monetary fine?  What about the innocent students who put their heart and soul into playing basketball and are now seniors?  Their last year at achieving their goals to play college ball have been shattered.  The FHSAA should be ashamed at the manner in which they have handled any alleged wrongdoing.  The student athletes are not at fault for anything whatsoever.  C'mon.....  these boys worked so hard to get where they are and are now being punished.  In America, we are innocent until proven guilty, and yes... my son does play for Krop and it is a disgrace to say that the FHSAA has the players' interests at heart.  My son did absolutely noting wrong.  I am going to pursue whatever options are available to hold the FHSAA responsible for my son's inability to compete in his senior year, let alone the fact that the FHSAA probably intentionally did not release their decision until after the school year started in order to make sure that the student athletes could not transfer to another school and compete.  What a disgrace.  Shame on the FHSAA.  I can assure you that their defense of this issue is going to cost them a whole lot more than the $53,000 fine.

Shocker_57
Shocker_57

Why would anyone hire Shakey Rodriguez after the Miami High debacle? He should never be allowed near another high school athlete ever again!

Sortitout
Sortitout

Read the rules, mom.  You have to sit out for one year after you transfer to a new school. 

MOM
MOM

You are all missing the point. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH REGARDING THE STUDENT ATHLETES THAT DID NOTHING WRONG? My son attended practices and played with his heart and soul. There was no wrongdoing on my son’s part. WHY IS HE BEING PUNISHED? If any of you are parents you would recognize that these boys work so hard and that their goal to play college basketball is diminished if they cannot play during their senior year. In order to transfer, the whole family has to move. If he just “transfers” for whatever reason, he has to sit out one year.  I am well aware of exposure camps and AAU teams, but it seems that you are not in the loop and are without knowledge. A player’s senior year is so important insofar as exposure and recruiting. SAT and ACT tests are not usually taken until the senior year, and athletes develop at different stages, their senior year being the pinnacle. Wake up!

MOM
MOM

Exactly... I know the rules, and that student athletes are being punished.  Don't you get it?  The boys did nothing wrong, they are being penalized.  Wake up!!

MOM
MOM

My son had no knowledge of any wrongdoing, as well as myself. How dare anyone make unfounded accusations that the students had knowledge of any wrongdoing. Get your facts straight. Remember, it’s about the student athletes being victimized. The probation and sanctions are being misdirected at the innocent students and new incoming students to Dr. Krop High School. Get with the program whoever you are and get your head on straight before you make such stupid remarks.

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