High School Football

Report on Southlake Carroll football program should reach UIL next week

The Carroll ISD plans to hand over a report on its review of the football program — which prompted the district’s Jan. 24 decision to place coach Hal Wasson on paid adminstrative leave — to the UIL next week.

“We believe it will be early next week before we release our findings to the University Interscholastic League,” Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for Board and Community Relations, said in an email Friday. “Our findings will be shared with the UIL in the form of a written report.”

The matter will be discussed with trustees and school district attorney Sandi Tarski in closed session at Monday’s school board meeting, which begins its open session at 5:30 p.m.

The Carroll ISD administration center in Southlake is at 2400 N. Carroll Ave.

“We do not anticipate the Board taking any action during the open meeting,” Thannum added.

Carroll ISD superintendent Davis Faltys said in a Jan. 24 email to Dragon Football Families said that the district had determined there was a need to conduct an internal review of the program.

That review is focusing on procedures as they relate to UIL rules, and ensuring employees’ understanding and compliance with district policies, practices and guidelines. It’s being conducted by athletic director Darren Allman, assistant superintendents, and the human resources department.

On Thursday, Allman and Carroll Senior High principal Shawn Duhon attended a UIL realignment meeting at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex. Both declined comment about the investigation.

“Carroll ISD’s core values include open and honest communication,” Thannum said. “We appreciate the cooperation of our staff during the course of our review and the patience of our community as we diligently seek out facts in this important matter.”

Wasson, 61, has been the head coach at Carroll since 2007. In 2017, the Dragons (10-4) reached the Class 6A Division II state quarterfinals before falling to Waco Midway, 42-28. Wasson is 121-25 (.829 winning percentage) at Carroll.