Sources: MBA submits report on money given to student-athletes

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 5:23pm

The fallout over Montgomery Bell Academy’s alleged violations of high school athletic rules continues, as The City Paper has learned that school officials have turned over a report detailing an internal investigation to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for review.

According to multiple sources familiar with the investigation who were granted anonymity, the report addresses instances of financial aid given to MBA student-athletes. The money came from individuals or groups outside the purview of MBA’s official financial aid program. Some estimates are that the report contains 21 or 22 “issues” for the TSSAA to review, and those include specific individuals — both donors and recipients.

Reached Thursday afternoon, an MBA official declined to comment. TSSAA officials have not returned requests for comment.

The turmoil surrounding MBA and the TSSAA erupted on April 15, when the school announced it had fired head football coach Daniel McGugin, who’d led the team since 2007.

In April, after McGugin had been fired, the TSSAA announced it had learned that the coach had delivered a cashier’s check to the father of a football player in 2008. According to reports, the father of the student-athlete said MBA headmaster Brad Gioia and his administration had no knowledge of the gift.

In the wake of McGugin’s firing, MBA organized a committee to investigate the athletics program.

While details of the report have not been made public, The City Paper has learned through multiple sources that the incident leading to McGugin’s termination was not unprecedented. Parents of other MBA students have regularly assisted with tuition of students — not all athletes — in what one source described as either “need-based” or through guardianship.

Families of student-athletes who obtained such financial aid played on both the varsity football and basketball teams. But according to sources, the students were not rewarded for athleticism; rather, money was given to assist families in need.

Sources have also stated that such assistance — to both students and student-athletes — has been common knowledge to members of MBA’s board and is a practice among area private schools that goes back decades. 

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18 Comments on this post:

By: T-BONE on 8/19/11 at 5:31

MBA ... (Mama's Boys Academy)...Rich people "buying" their way for the "little" boys and girls! LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO!

By: tafjr19@aol.com on 8/19/11 at 5:49

You mean Bone Head don't you?

By: karlwithak on 8/19/11 at 6:07

In April, after McGugin had been fired, the TSSAA announced it had learned that the coach had delivered a cashier’s check to the father of a football player in 2008. According to reports, the father of the student-athlete said MBA headmaster Brad Gioia and his administration had no knowledge of the gift.

Come on Ken, You know who this check was from and refuse to report it.

The above mentioned check was from none other than Karl Dean and his Wife Ann Davis neither of which have stepped up to accept responsibility.

Does anyone report the actual news in this town ?

By: DavidSchwetty on 8/19/11 at 6:58

"While details of the report have not been made public, The City Paper has learned through multiple sources that the incident leading to McGugin’s termination was not unprecedented. Parents of other MBA students have regularly assisted with tuition of students — not all athletes — in what one source described as either “need-based” or through guardianship."

Based on the fact that athletes were not the only students receiving additional aid, shouldn't the title of this article be "MBA reports money given to students".

Karl, you're facts aren't quite right on the source of the check but nice try.

By: slewfoot on 8/19/11 at 7:07

Good one T-Bone. Went to college with several from this institution and you talk about attitude. Some of them still wear their MBA class rings and we're in our 40's...WTF???

By: W.D.T. on 8/19/11 at 7:31

T-Bone? slewfoot? Funny how a person's intelligence level is revealed by the name one chooses. What were you doing in college slewfoot? Cleaning tables? "WTF" - another sign of intelligence or rather lack thereof.

By: tenn40 on 8/19/11 at 7:43

My son just graduated from MBA. I paid all bills without any aid money. He got an outstanding education and almost a full ride to a top university for his academic achievements. While MBA may have some issues, they are not alone, and their graduates are awarded millions of dollars each year in scholarship money. Beats the Nashville public school system easily!

By: localboy on 8/19/11 at 7:55

What year was your graduation from Big Red, W.D.T.?

By: madridia on 8/19/11 at 9:24

To tenn40,

Just so you know, I came through the Metro Public Schools, got a great education, received large scholarships and grants to a highly-ranked college and then university, and I am doing quite well. I'm glad your son had a good experience at MBA, but please don't see that as a reason to trash Nashville's public schools, which do a good service to many of our kids every day.

By: tenn40 on 8/19/11 at 9:39

2011 graduate. Not meaning to trash public s hoops. Have had many friends kids get great education in public schools!

By: RTungsten on 8/19/11 at 10:47

And this comes as a shock to anyone? It's been going on for YEARS, if not DECADES. TSSAA: Look at BA while you are on the case...

By: localboy on 8/19/11 at 1:57

Why would they want to look at Baxter Alternative - do they have a team? ;)

By: slewfoot on 8/19/11 at 2:41

WTF W.D.T.?

By: giantchicken on 8/19/11 at 2:59

This isn't journalism or even quality reporting. Every private school in Nashville gives scholarships to athletes and non-athletes. My experience clearly points to MBA being a minor player in this game. Take a look at BA and Ensworth scholarships as well, you will find much more of this going on at these schools than at MBA.

By: Red Rules on 8/20/11 at 3:22

"According to multiple sources familiar with the investigation who were granted anonymity"

Are you kidding me??? will this paper print anything ? or if your last name is "McG****" they will print your slander exactly when you want ? who's your source,, c'mon we want to know who's payin you off. Why didn't this show up in the "classified" as it is just an advertisement submitted to you?

By: W.D.T. on 8/20/11 at 3:55

Gosh, localboy, I don't need to have attended "Big Red", as you call it, to recognize ignorance. Take you for example.

By: Nitzche on 8/21/11 at 7:02

Education envy?...this from a boy from good ole MNPS......caveat, kids not in good ole MNPS

By: localboy on 8/22/11 at 8:30

Hahahaha, W.D.T., you sure got me ;)