GHSA fines 8 holiday tourney teams

DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer

DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer

ALBANY — The Georgia High School Association this week fined each of the eight participants in the U Save It Holiday Basketball Tournament $200 for participating in an unsanctioned event.

The annual Christmas classic featured Albany, Westover, Monroe, Dougherty, Southeast Bulloch, Stateboro, Mitchell County and Terrell County.

“There were two problems with the tournament,” GHSA Media Director Steve Figueroa said Wednesday. “No. 1, no one from the Dougherty County School System asked the GHSA to sanction the event. No. 2, it’s the responsibility of all teams that participate in an event to make sure it is sanctioned.

“Those two requirements were not met.”

The GHSA sent letters earlier to all eight schools informing them of the infractions.

DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer, who set up the tournament, was unaware GHSA sanction was required.

“We didn’t know that the tournament required GHSA sanction,” said Goseer, who ran the tournament for the first time this year. “My athletic director (Johnny Seabrooks) never told me sanction was needed.”

When the Herald contacted Seabrooks on Wednesday, he had no comment on the matter.

Figueroa said the GHSA considered the case closed and that all win-loss records acquired in the tournament would apply to the respective schools’ overall records.

“This was strictly an administrative issue,” he said.

Westover beat Albany, 54-51, in the tournament’s championship game.


bubbasmithredneck 3 years, 10 months ago

This is a perfect example as to why Coach Seabrooks should have been left in charge of these tournaments. He is a veteran, and knows how to handle athletic buisness. Coach Seabrooks has been doing a great job for a long time.


Momof3 3 years, 10 months ago

EXACTLY!!! Had it been left like it was this would not have happened!! You can't come in making changes on stuff you know nothing about! Now thoses schools have to suffer and pay some fine. Ridicilous!


boyoboy 3 years, 10 months ago

Goseer is one of Murfree's buddies brought over from Terrell High School and making a big salary I'm sure. Murfree had to give him something to do even though it's obvious he has no clue!


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 10 months ago

Could someone please explain why an Assistant Superintendent is (incompetently) spending his time and my tax money scheduling basketball? There have been several squawks and comments on this subject. I say it should STOP IMMEDIATELY!! If he doesn't have enough to do in terms of appropriate tasks for an Assistant Super. then eliminate the job and save some of that money we were talking about.


PatrickY2K 3 years, 10 months ago

Goseer takes away Coach Seabrooks's basketball responsibilities, and then blames Seabrooks for not telling him that the tournament needed to be sanctioned. If his ego wouldn't allow him to ask Seabrooks for help, he should have called GHSA, and if he wasn't qualified or knowledgeable enough to take-on basketball responsibilities, then he should have let the Athletic Director continue to do his job.

Goseer should pay the fines.


guest123 3 years, 10 months ago

Wonder why Goseer has been asked to leave every administrative position he has ever had. Being fined by GHSA should tip you off. Total incompetence and then he tried to blame it on someone else. The so called veteran coach he put in charge of the tournament should have known the GHSA rule. I agree with all of you above.


KDStat 3 years, 10 months ago

This man was a high school basketball coach and a high school principal - as such he should be familiar with all rules/regulations set forth by GHSA. As a system level administrator he should 1) let the people hired to do specific jobs do them and 2) know all rules/regulations governing those he oversees - just more evidence of the "Peter principle" and the ramifications of hiring someone who looks good on paper but KNOWS NOTHING of practical applications.


bubbasmithredneck 3 years, 10 months ago

I can just hear Coach Seabrooks now......saying something like....thats his tournament, and he wanted to do it his way...so let him pay those fines. My tournaments didnt get fined because I know how to do it......I've been doing this for many years now, and I know GHSA rules and regulations. So, thats on him......not me!! He wanted it, and he got it....


Trustbuster 3 years, 10 months ago

Goseer shows again that he is unable to perform his administrative job. He fumbled the ball at Pelham and Worth Co. High. Worth Co. BOE did not want him back. He received two years of on the job training there.


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