Just over two months since he was ruled ineligible by the LHSAA to play his senior season after transferring from Vandebilt in the offseason, Andrew Robison will be able to play in the Tigers regular season finale' after an arbitrator ruled in Hahnville's favor Tuesday.
The following is a statement released on behalf of Hahnville High School:
The previous rulings and sanctions issued by the LHSAA Executive Director and upheld by the Executive Committee to student-athlete Andrew Robison, Coach Saltaformaggio and Hahnville High School have been overturned by the arbitrator. The arbitrator ruled that the finding of illegal recruitment is arbitrary and capricious and that the family did complete a bona fide move. During this time, the school has sought a fair, unbiased hearing through arbitration and we are extremely thankful that the arbitrator ruled on the facts surrounding the case.
Throughout this lengthy process, Hahnville High School has maintained its innocence and has worked through the proper channels established by LHSAA through an appeal and request for arbitration. The school has strived to follow the procedures outlined by LHSAA , despite the lack of due process afforded to the school, the withholding of requested information, and unsuccessful attempts in working with LHSAA and the LHSAA Executive Committee for a resolution.
We are thankful that we can move forward knowing that the correct decision has been rendered on all accounts and we can continue to focus on what matters most, our students, our school and our community.
We feel that this is a victory not only for Andrew, Hahnville High School , Coach Salt, the football team and St. Charles Parish Public Schools, but for all student-athletes and public school systems across the state. As we move forward, Hahnville High School will propose modifications of LHSAA rules at the annual convention so that rulings and penalties such as these do not adversely impact those who matter most, students.
Hahnville is 4-5 on the season and will play at H.L. Bourgeois on Friday.