By David Purdum / For the AJC
Milton school officials had been investigating allegations of undue influence by former boys basketball coach David Boyd for “the last few weeks.”
The recruiting allegations ultimately cost Boyd is job. Milton won two of the last three AAAAA state championships under Boyd.
Milton High principal Cliff Jones and Fulton County Athletic Director Steven Craft held a brief news conference Tuesday outside in front of the school. Jones confirmed Boyd had resigned and said he was looking to move forward with the program.
Craft said the allegation originally was brought to his attention, but would not comment on whom made the allegation. After meeting with Jones, Craft believed there was enough merit in the allegation to prompt an investigation. Craft said the investigation was handled by Jones and himself with no help from an outside agency. When asked if it was a parent that made the allegation, Craft said, “I’d rather not say at this time.”
“We acted very quickly and decisively based on the findings,” Jones said. “We take every allegation seriously.”
Craft said the county was finalizing the report and would be sending it to the GHSA directly.
“The term undue influence can be anything from inviting someone to attend a game or practice or giving influence to try to help convince someone to come to your school,” Craft explained. “Under the by-laws, there are five or six different things that can happen that the GHSA would determine would be undue influence.
“As part of my job as county athletic director,” added Craft, ”we will continue to meet with athletic directors at each school and make sure they have the ability to monitor their program. We need to make sure both head coaches and assistant coaches understand all the GHSA rules and regulations.”