(UPDATED) Edison football coach Dave White has been suspended for one game for violation of a CIF-Southern Section rule, Edison athletic director Rich Boyce confirmed today.
Edison imposed the suspension, which will be served for the Chargers' second game, Sept. 8 against Garfield of Los Angeles. White will accompany the Edison team and coach the Chargers when they open the season Aug. 26 in Hawaii against Baldwin of Wailuku.
White indicated the violation was for CIF rule 510, which covers undue influence and recruiting -- specifically, the portion of 510 that deals with pre-enrollment contact -- and involves the transfer of senior-to-be receiver Sedric Hill from Mater Dei to Edison. Hill was denied athletic eligibility by the CIF-SS office which determined Hill's transfer to Edison was at least partially based upon athletically motivated reasons.
Boyce and White said they are confident that the coach did nothing wrong. Boyce said the suspension would be a topic when Hill has his eligibility appeal hearing next week.
"We will then deal with the consequences when the happen," Boyce said.
Said White: "I don't feel that I did anything wrong. But if I have to sit out a game, then I will sit out a game. I always tell our players that no one person is bigger than the team, and that includes the coaches.
"(Mater Dei coach) Bruce Rollinson knows I didn't recruit Sedric Hill, and his opinion is the only one that matters to me on this."
Rollinson he is confident that White did not break a rule.
"I have to believe they did it by the book," Rollinson said.
CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons said the section office would not comment on details of the suspension, as the suspension was assessed by Edison and it is a school personnel matter. "We accepted the action taken by Edison," Simmons said.
White said he holds no animosity toward the CIF-SS office and its new commissioner, Rob Wigod.
"I think with Rob Wigod there, we have a very fair commissioner," White said.