P.I. getting involved in Cesar Chavez football investigation

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LAVEEN -- A Valley high school under scrutiny for possible recruitment violations it now the focus of a new kind of investigation.

As Javier Soto explains, while the football program at Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen has been in the spotlight since fall 2009. Now a private investigator will be getting involved.

It all started when a parent came forward with allegations about recruiting. The board found a violation and is determining what sanctions might be appropriate.

The investigator is being brought in to determine the facts regarding the severity and accuracy of the allegation.

Cesar Chavez High School, known as a football powerhouse, was placed on probation for the 2009 state tournament for past violations.

Chuck Schmidt of the Arizona Interscholastic Association said it's not known how long the investigation will take.

"We have to continue to do a good, thorough job to provide our nine-member board with all the data that we can so they have the whole picture," he said.

Recruiting is not permitted at the high-school level.

"It's severely frowned upon," Schmidt said. "It's probably the hardest thing that we have to deal with right now in the current sports environment."

He said teams -- be they youth sports, club sports or high-school programs -- are trying to get the edge.

"There's a fine line between recruiting and undue influence and the types of things that we try to do to promote our school. It's a serious violation," Schmidt said.