Ballou football Coach Jason Lane was placed on one-year probation Monday by the District of Columbia State Athletic Association after a two-week investigation found he had knowingly allowed a Friendship Collegiate student to participate in spring football practices at the Southeast school.
Friendship Collegiate officials filed a formal complaint to the DCSAA on June 20, which also alleged that Lane and the Ballou coaching staff had actively influenced the player away from Friendship Collegiate for athletic purposes. Friendship Collegiate provided three documents to support the claim, including an enrollment verification form, a copy of the team’s 2012 football roster and a copy of an article published by the Post on June 19, which details the college recruitment of rising sophomore Delonte Moore at Ballou.
Lane could not be reached for comment Monday.
The DCSAA, which worked with the DCIAA to investigate the matter, ruled that Lane broke State Athletic Office rules by allowing Moore to practice with the team this spring, therein competing for two schools in one academic year. Although Friendship Collegiate did not provide sufficient evidence that Lane actively influenced Moore to attend Ballou for athletic purposes (his last day of school was June 21), the SAO noted that “student eligibility is a direct responsibility of the head coach,” in a document released by the DCSAA Monday, which added “we can reasonably imply that the coaches knew or should have known that the student was not enrolled at Ballou during the current school year, but was enrolled at FCA.”