How Tulsa School Athletics Changed After Embezzlement Investigation
By Kim Jackson
Tulsa Public Schools athletic department is moving forward with a new team since a scandal and accusations. Now, there is more paperwork that comes with renting a stadium and it's also more expensive.Gil Cloud took over as Athletic Director of the district in 2012. Before that there were allegations of mishandling funds from facilities rentals.MORE: Former Athletic Director Say She's Sorry for EmbezzlementSince then, they have made changes. Now, at a game, the money from ticket sales goes to the bank at halftime, while players are still on the court. This is one of the policies the board has mandated, and a procedure all coaches and schools must follow.Eligibility is another sensitive issue. A player who changes schools, must now sit out a year of athletics. The game plan is to go by the book, so there are fewer discrepancies about an issue."We set a policy we were going to follow, which was a board policy and we stuck by it 100-percent. They know that I am not, we are not going to circumvent board policy or our procedures in the athletic department," said Cloud, who oversees 400 coaches and 3,000 student athletes.Another change has been that coaches take a compliance test to make sure they understand requirements from the state regarding eligibility and also police in place, on a local level.
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