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AAA: NLR to forfeit 2013-14 varsity football, basketball wins
AAA: NLR to forfeit 2013-14 varsity football, basketball wins

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - At least 34 victories and a state title, have been forfeited by the North Little Rock School District.

THV11 has received word from the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) that North Little Rock High School will forfeit all of its varsity football wins and varsity boys' basketball wins from the 2013 and 2014 school year.

Officials with AAA released this statement:

North Little Rock High School notified the Arkansas Activities Association on Thursday that it was forfeiting all of its varsity football wins and varsity boys' basketball wins during the 2013-2014 school year in which an ineligible player participated.
The forfeit includes 10 wins from the 2013 football season, and at least 24 wins from what was considered a state championship season of 26-2. North Little Rock also surrendered the 2014 Class 7A boys state basketball championship trophy to the AAA.
"We are grateful to North Little Rock High School for its integrity and honesty while dealing with a sensitive issue," AAA executive director Lance Taylor said. The district self-reported what is considered a violation of AAA rules and took immediate action. The AAA agrees that a violation occurred.

“As soon as we discovered a violation had occurred, we determined the only right thing to do was to report it to the AAA. ”

Kelly Rodgers, NLRSD superintendent

A short time after AAA's statement was released, officials with North Little Rock School District emailed a statement to THV11 detailing that the district self-reported a violation concerning a recruitment rule. In the document, superintendent Kelly Rodgers said, "We know our student athletes will be disappointed with the forfeits, but we hope they understand that they most important thing is playing with integrity and ethics."