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Football parent loaned Singleton money for apartment even as coach's home in foreclosure

While the bank that held the mortgage to Tim Singleton's home pursued foreclosure, the Hilton Head Island High School football coach was able to purchase 20 units in an island apartment complex with help from the parent of one of his Seahawk players, online Beaufort County court records indicate.

U.S. Bank National Association started foreclosure proceedings on the Hilton Head home of Singleton and his wife in September 2010, the records show. Those proceedings stopped this past April, after Singleton's wife signed over their house on Mustang Lane to her husband and local attorney George Mullen issued a $185,000 mortgage on the property to the coach.

Mullen also was the lender on a $260,000 loan made to two companies owned solely by Singleton, which in February purchased 20 units at the Oaks, an apartment complex on Hilton Head.

Mullen's son, Chip, is a senior lineman on this year's football team. It is his fourth season with the Seahawks.

Mullen and Singleton declined comment for this story.

Singleton's ownership of the apartments in the Oaks became widely known in August, when The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette reported that a Seahawk football player -- Philip Harris, a senior transfer from Hardeeville High School -- was living in one of the units with his mother and sister.

The S.C. High School League determined a player could rent a home from his coach, but Harris was later determined to be ineligible because his stepfather still lived in the family's old home. Harris subsequently transferred back to Hardeeville and is now the Hurricanes' starting quarterback.

Singleton served a school-imposed, two-week suspension -- unrelated to Harris' transfer -- for allowing players not yet declared eligible to participate in preseason scrimmages.

Singleton also has been under scrutiny in his role as the president and CEO of the nonprofit mentoring group Strive to Excel that operates at Hilton Head High.

Records indicate that during the 2009-10 fiscal year, Singleton raised his own compensation from Strive by more than $40,000 without the board approval required by the organization's bylaws.

Singleton also has reimbursed himself for charges to his personal credit card, according to Bob Arundell, the tax attorney and former Beaufort County Board of Education member who prepares Strive's taxes. Those reimbursements apparently came with little or no oversight from a financial officer or the Strive board, which, until reorganizing this September, had not held a formal meeting since April 2008.

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