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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Floyd Irons: The MSHSAA Interview Transcripts, Part 1

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 12:57 PM

At the bottom of this post you can download two pdf documents that contain chunks of the transcript of former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons' November 12, 2007, interview with officials from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).

This portion of the interview pertains to Irons' involvement with brothers Johnny and Bobby Hill, who, prior to enrolling at Vashon in 2002, attended public schools in Alton, Illinois. Irons tells investigators that while the Hill brothers played for Vashon, he personally bankrolled an apartment for them.

For a link to Kristen Hinman's award-winning "Basketball by the Book" series, click the image above.
  • For a link to Kristen Hinman's award-winning "Basketball by the Book" series, click the image above.

For a link to Kristen Hinman's award-winning "Basketball by the Book" series, click the image above.
If your regular news-reading these days has been confined to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, you might be tempted to believe that St. Louis' Only Daily owns this story.

Truth be told, however, Irons was the subject of a Riverfront Times investigation, "Basketball by the Book," in 2006-'07. [Editor's note: The series went on to garner journalism awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Education Writers Association (EWA).]

Though the Post doesn't like to admit it, Riverfront Times readers know that Floyd Irons' recruiting violations have become a story because Kristen Hinman made them a story. (In fairness, some Post columnists have credited Hinman.)

Click below to download the transcript excerpts:

Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons' November 12, 2007, interview with officials from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), Part 1

Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons' November 12, 2007, interview with officials from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), Part 2

We'll upload more soon, we promise.

-Tom Finkel and Kristen Hinman

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