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Mullen H.S. football program put on probation

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DENVER -- Mullen High School's football program was placed on probation for one year.

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced the decision Friday afternoon in response to potential rules violations the school reported.

The school has won the state championship in football in four of the last 10 years -- 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

"Because Mullen has provided an appropriate action plan to prevent a reoccurrence, the CHSAA feels confident that both parties will be able to move forward from this situation," a statement says.

"We are grateful to have this resolved," says Mullen principal Janell Kloosterman. "Mullen appreciates the professionalism of CHSAA in working collectively through this review process. We are excited and prepared to progress with a new school year.”

Parents are glad this controversy may finally be over for the football program. Most of them have students who attend the school for the academics, and not the sports. "

"I heard a little bit about the news when we moved here," says John Stephens. "We came here for the education, primarily.  Football's one part of it, but education, and Catholic education was the most important thing for us."

"I'm just glad it's over, that's it, we can move on," says Jeanie Rossillon. "(I) sent my daughter here to get a good education, not that concerned about how the sports, i mean, she plays sports, but education is the end-all.  and that's what we're here for, so I'm glad the sports deal is over and we can move on to get a good education."

The settlement means that Mullen High School will remain eligible for the playoffs this year.

The school fired long-time head coach Dave Logan earlier this year. He is now head coach at Cherry Creek High School. The president and principal of the school who were in charge at the time have also left Mullen.