Documents were released by the Arkansas Activities Association that offered some explanation for the North Little Rock School District’s self-reporting of activities that led to forfeiture of football and basketball games.
The documents showed a $600 payment from a private booster club to the stepfather of K.J. Hill, the highly recruited wide receiver who signed with Ohio State after first committing to Arkansas. He and the attorney for Brad Bolding, the football coach the district wants to fire, have said the money was a reimbursement for legitimate expenses. On the periphery of this story is suspicion about Hill’s transfer from Bryant to North Little Rock. The payment was made before Hill enrolled in the school.
Without drawing conclusions on the Hill case and just in case you didn’t know: Recruiting of star high school athletes does occur in Arkansas. Private booster spending is significant in some places. It can be a corrosive combination.