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Sheldon guard Devin Greene, right, leads the Huskies against Folsom in tonight’s Delta River League opener. Bee file photo/2013.

Interim Sheldon basketball coach makes his debut tonight

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Mike Bradley will coach his first game tonight in place of suspended coach Joey Rollings as the Bee-ranked No. 8 Sheldon Huskies open defense of its Delta River League against No. 5 Folsom.

Bradley is a longtime assistant to Rollings, whose four-week suspension starts tonight, a punishment handed down by the Elk Grove Unified School District linked to allegations of undue influence to lure players to the south Sacramento campus. Rollings said in a Bee story today that he has not recruited players, a claim backed by Sheldon principal Paula Duncan.

Still, Duncan and Rollings each admitted that “mistakes were made.”

Sheldon is the four-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion. With eight players graduating, four transfers arrived at Sheldon, three of whom still have not gained section clearance to play. There is no update on when - or if - those players will be cleared. The EGUSD would not disclose if those transfers were linked to the undue influence claims by rival coaches, who submitted their allegations to the district early in the fall, initiating months of exhaustive interviews with players, coaches, administrators and more.

Bradley, a longtime employee for the California Highway Patrol, was a star guard for the 33-1 Highlands team of 1983. His message to his players tonight from Rollings was, “Play angry.”

“I know the kids will be fine, and they’ll compete,” Rollings said. “All we can do is learn from this and move on.”

Sheldon is led by sophomore Devin Greene, who said, “We’ll play hard for our coach and for our school.”

Sheldon and Folsom are two of the three DRL teams ranked by The Bee.

Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD and listen to his “Extra Point” every Wednesday on ESPN Radio 1320.

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