Armwood May Lose State Football Title

SEFNER, Fla. (AP) _ An investigation has found that five football players from state champion Armwood High School in the Tampa area lied about where they lived to get into the school.

Unless the school can prove otherwise, that means the Class 6A champion Hawks will likely have their 2011 title stripped.

The school has 10 business days to respond.

The findings of the six-month Florida High School Athletic Association investigation were announced at a news conference Monday by Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The report says the players and their families falsified addresses to gain entry into perennial football powerhouse Armwood, which is in Seffner, just east of Tampa.

Elia said she blames parents for the infractions and has no plans to fire coach Sean Callahan or principal Mike Ippolito.

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