- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina private school found guilty of football recruiting violations has been stripped of its 2018 state championship title.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association ruled Monday that Village Christian had recruited students to play football and offered them benefits during the 2017 and 2018 football seasons.

The ruling means the Knights’ football program will forfeit its 19 wins, state runner-up finish and NCISAA Division III championship from that timeframe. The school is also on probation for the next two academic years, making it ineligible for playoffs. It was also subject to an undisclosed fine.

The head coach during those two seasons, Emerson Martin, was removed Thursday. The former Carolina Panthers lineman told the newspaper the association had “done the school an injustice.”

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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