In his recent book Integrity, Ted Engstrom told his story:
For Coach Cleveland Stroud and the Bulldogs of Rockdale County High School (Conyers, Georgia), it was their championship season: 21 wins and 5 losses on the way to the Georgia boys basketball tournament last March, then a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the state finals. “But now the new glass trophy case outside the high school gymnasium is bare. Earlier this month the Georgia High School Association deprived Rockdale County of the championship after school officials said that a player who was scholastically ineligible had played 45 seconds in the first of the schools five postseason games. We didnt know he was ineligible at the time; we didnt know it until a few weeks ago, Mr. Stroud said. Some people have said we should have just kept quiet about it, that it was just 45 seconds and the player wasnt an impact player. But youve got to do whats honest and right and what the rules say. I told my team that people forget the scores of basketball games; they dont ever forget what youre made of.