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Report: CIAC Could Fine Naugy $10K

The penalty could be imposed if Naugatuck is found guilty of recruiting violations.

Report: CIAC Could Fine Naugy $10K

 

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says it has been made aware of and is awaiting a full report from the high school before it begins its own investigation.

Matthew Fischer, director of information services for the CIAC, said the organization's Board of Control would thoroughly review the school’s self assessment; that board could issue any penalties or fines that may be necessary.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on what potential penalties would be until we receive a report,” he said.

However, the  Republican-American of Waterbury reported on its football blog Friday night that if the CIAC "finds evidence of clear violations, Naugatuck could be fined up to $10,000." And the football blog for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group states that Naugatuck may also face probation and/or suspension of activites if found guilty of wrongdoing.

The controversy centers around Naugatuck's longtime, former football coach, Rob Plasky, who is accused of giving money to Meme Martin, a Waterbury resident and the legal guardian of standout wide receiver David Coggins and the mother of Javon Martin. Both teens played for Sacred Heart High School last year and were considering a transfer to Naugy. But Sacred Heart, a private Catholic school in Waterbury, was holding their transcripts because they still owed tuition. (Note: The Hearst blog also discusses what could happen to the future football careers of Coggins and Martins.)

Plasky is accused of asking for money from a high school fund-raising group and getting it to Martin. While original reports were that the amount was $2,000, some are now saying it was only $1,000. However, nobody Naugatuck Patch talked to is willing to have a comment about the money issue attributed to them; they cite a gag order imposed because of the ongoing investigation.

Naugatuck High School announced Friday that and that a quick search will be conducted to find a suitable replacement. Shawn Kuczenski, a longtime assistant, is currently serving as the interim head coach. 

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