Travel coach implicated in McCarthy baseball probe denies wrongdoing – Sun Sentinel

A local youth travel team coach at the center of a recent state investigation of Archbishop McCarthy High’s baseball team says misunderstandings and overreaction are at the heart of numerous violations that have the Southwest Ranches school facing stiff penalties.

On Thursday, the Florida High School Athletic Association fined Archbishop McCarthy $16,000 and forced the school to vacate all 22 of the team’s regular-season wins for fielding three players who were found to be ineligible and who received impermissible benefits.

McCarthy, which just this week was named the No. 1 team in the nation in a composite media poll announced by MaxPreps.com, was allowed to keep its state title – the team’s seventh in the past eight years — because none of the ineligible athletes played in the postseason, FHSAA spokesman Kyle Niblett said. The three players have been ruled ineligible until Jan. 25, 2018 and the school is on administrative probation until June 20, 2018.

In a report commissioned by the state’s governing body for high school sports, which was obtained by the Sun Sentinel late Thursday, Mike Sagaro, who runs MVP Banditos, a powerhouse summer travel program for top-level national prospects ages 7-18 that’s based in South Florida, was found to have provided temporary housing to one of the McCarthy players in violation of Florida’s prep sports rules. In addition, his credit card was reportedly tied to the tuition accounts for the three players.

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