TSSAA Accepts Marion County High's Self-Imposed Penalties After Vandalism Incident

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Marion County High School football team will skip spring practice and extend the summer "dead period" from 2-4 weeks as self-imposed penalties for recent incidents in which two assistant coaches were charged with vandalizing the school's field house prior to the game with rival South Pittsburg.

The TSSAA has accepted the penalties.

TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said, "the TSSAA accepts the action taken by the Marion County High School administration.  Because of the steps taken by the school, we find no need to take any further disciplinary action.  The case is being closed accordingly."

He also said, "According to the information submitted, a few coaches allegedly broke into the field house at South Pittsburg High School and took some game film and playbooks.  This situation has been turned over to the police department.  It is a criminal case involving school personnel which is beyond the authority of TSSAA.  However, it is our understanding that the coaches involved have been relieved of their coaching duties at the school."

One issue was Marion County's use of a college player during practice in the week before the South Pittsburg game.

Head coach Mac McCurry resigned. Assistant coaches Joe Dan Gudger and Michael Schmitt are on administrative leave with pay. 


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