A family's pleas were not enough Thursday to save the senior season of Hahnville's transfer quarterback.
Emotions ran high after the LHSAA’s executive committee voted unanimously to uphold the original ruling of LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine, which found Robison ineligible. The committee also upheld a four-game suspension for coach Nick Saltaformaggio.
The committee listened to testimony from Robison, his mother, Hahnville Principal Brian Lumar and Saltaformaggio before going into executive session to ask additional questions before voting to uphold Bonine’s original decision.
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Moment when LHSAA announced that it was upholding decision to keep Andrew Robison ineligible for his entire Sr. season after transferring from Vandebilt to Hahnville— Eric Richey (@EricRicheymedia) September 13, 2018
LHSAA said Robison would be eligible if he returned to Vandebilt
Mother Coyler with tearful plea for another vote pic.twitter.com/H1tnBpB40Y
Robison's mother, Colyer, tearfully asked the committee to take a second a vote. When told he could return to Vandebilt and play, Robison tearfully responded, “Don’t you understand … I can’t do that.” Robison’s father, Drew, exclaimed, “Have you been listening?”
Drew Robison criticized the LHSAA harshly moments later.
A large contingent from Hahnville High and the St. Charles Parish School system was left to ponder what happened as they stood in front of the…
"The reason I never felt great about it is because I don't feel great about this organization," Drew Robison said. "There is no way they could investigate us and submit the report they submitted and conclude what they concluded. It's unbelievable to me. Facts, truth and justice do not matter to this group at all.”
The Hahnville appeal included the fact Drew Robison was relieved of his coaching duties at Vandebilt in the spring and detailed a pattern of negative treatment directed at his son by VCHS staff, naming head football coach/athelic director Jeremy Atwell. Saltaformaggio contended there was no “undue influence” to get Robison to enroll at Hahnville.
A day after the decision the family released a statement saying it will be pursuing its legal options.
"There is something very wrong with a system and organization that can violate a student athlete’s right of due process, consider the accused guilty until proven innocent, refuse to state what a student-athlete did to violate any rules, and then unilaterally ban a student-athlete for a year while destroying his constitutionally guaranteed rights," the statement read.
The statement, sent by the family's attorney David S. Moyer, added that they'd pursue action against the LHSAA, Vendebilt Catholic and coach Jeremy Atwell.
Information from The Advocate staff writer Robin Fambrough was used in this report.
(Editor's note: After this story was published it was updated to include a correction/clairfication stating that students who transferred from…