Carroll ISD board members discussed an investigation into Southlake Carroll High School's football program and its coach.
Hal Wasson has been suspended with pay during an investigation where little has been revealed. There is still confusion and concern from parents and supporters of the Southlake Carroll football program. There’s still is no clarity on exactly why Coach Wasson was suspended.
During Monday night’s board meeting, they discussed Wasson, other coaches and the powerhouse football program in its executive session. After several hours in executive session, the board decided to not take any actions.
Carroll ISD has only said the culture of the football program is being reviewed along with its compliance with UIL rules. The review is being done by the athletic director, athletic superintendents and HR and included interviews with athletes, parents and staff.
Danny McDaniel is a former football coach turned pastor, whose son plays on the varsity team. He was among the parents who appealed to the board on behalf of Coach Wasson.
“That man loves kids. He loves not only the sport of football, but he loves and values young men and creating champions in life,” McDaniel said. “So my appeal to you is just to take things like that into consideration as you move through this process.”
Wasson took over a successful program that already had seven titles and led the Dragons to number 8 in 2011 in the 5A Division 1 State Championship. He's won 121 games in his time at the school.
Wasson’s attorney says they have met with the district once.
"We haven't even received any records,” explained attorney Tiger Hanner. “Based on what we have seen, we are very confident about him being cleared and returning to the sideline next season.”