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Booker High School football head coach Scottie Littles suspended six games and fined $5,000 for recruiting violations

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Booker High School (BHS) football coach and athletic director Scottie Littles has been suspended for six games and fined $5,000 by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) for recruiting violations.

Littles, the Tornadoes head football coach since 2022, is charged with a potential violation of FHSAA Rule 37.1, which pertains to inappropriate contact.

FHSAA Rule 37.1(WWSB-ABC7)

Littles and school officials are appealing the decision. BHS Principal Dr. Rachel Shelley issued a statement Wednesday after saying, “due to Booker High School’s decision to appeal the sanctions, we are unable to provide comment at this time. I look forward to commenting once the appeal is resolved.”

Due to the ongoing appeals process, Sarasota County schools are not releasing any information about the six games Littles will be suspended from.

James Hill’s Interview with Scottie Littles on ABC7

According to the FHSAA, an investigation was conducted by the Sarasota County Superintendent of Schools, and reports made in a self-report to the FHSSA indicated that Littles had contact with his mother and a female athlete from Riverview High School (RHS).

The report said the mother sent a screenshot of several text messages between her and Littles to Michael Raney, an assistant principal at RHS. The FHSSA said the text message suggests an earlier conversation took place between the mother and Littles about her son attending BHS.

According to the FHSAA, the mother admitted that she attended BHS and that she had contacted Littles about potential interest in the school.

The report further reveals that surveillance footage from March 11, 2024 at 11:52 a.m. shows the player and his mother arriving at the BHS campus parking lot. According to the FHSAA, the player said he was there to work out with a friend but never showed up. However, Littles arrived around 12:13 p.m. that same day.

According to the FHSAA report, the mother, the player and Littles began talking in the parking lot. After that conversation, the three went to Little’s office, where they stayed for nearly an hour and a half. After the meeting ended, the report says, the player and his mother got back in their car and drove off campus.

The report also noted that another player withdrew from Venice High School and was reportedly going to attend BHS. However, the report says that no official notification was ever received that the player had withdrawn for athletic reasons.

Below is the full FHSAA report.