Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches Face Suspension
Posted on 11/01/2022
Duncanville Independent School District

UIL Executive Committee Meeting Results

October 31, 2022 – At a hearing this morning, the UIL State Executive Committee voted to suspend Coach David Peavy for one year for playing a student that the Committee determined was an ineligible player. In addition to Coach Peavy’s suspension, the Committee determined that the Duncanville Boys Basketball program forfeits all games in which the student played and therefore forfeits the 2022 Conference 6A Boys Basketball State Championship.

The player’s eligibility was the subject of court action. At all times that the student played for Duncanville, the player did so under a valid court order. Although this matter is still pending, the district disagrees that it violated any UIL rules by playing a student whose eligibility was the subject of a valid court order.

Also, at today’s meeting, the UIL State Executive Committee voted to publicly reprimand and suspend Duncanville High School Head Girls Basketball Coach LeJeanna Howard for a period of one year. In addition to the lengthy suspension for Coach Howard, the Committee placed the Duncanville Girls Basketball program on probation for a three-year period and suspended them from participation in this year’s post-season play.

Prior to today’s hearing, Duncanville ISD had already internally acted to impose a substantial and appropriate disciplinary suspension for Coach Howard. We believe our internal disciplinary measure was both substantial and appropriate. However, we respect the Committee’s decision that a longer suspension was appropriate.

“These are significant and unprecedented consequences for both programs, and students will suffer the most from today’s decisions,” said Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith.

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