This story has been updated to reflect the news of Guandolo's suspension.
During the second quarter of Sunday's preseason high school football game between Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) and Heritage (Palm Bay, Fla.), ESPN cameras caught Cypress Bay coach Mark Guandolo slapping the side of quarterback Lucas Tellefsen's helmet on the sidelines. Video of the incident went viral, prompting Broward County school officials to announce that they would look into it.
On Monday, the Sun-Sentinel reported that Broward school officials have suspended Guandolo for three days from work and two weeks from sports. The Sun-Sentinel's Christy Chirinos tweeted that Guandolo's suspension starts today. Cypress Bay has a bye this week, but Guandolo will miss his team's regular season opener against Boyd Anderson on Sept. 6.
Cypress Bay athletic director Bill Caruso told the Sun-Sentinel that he and school administrators met with Tellefsen, his family, and Guandolo on Monday morning.
“We understand the situation,” Caruso said. “Coach G was in here, he was emotional. The parents were in here and they’re very upset. They think this has been blown out of proportion. This is their third son that’s played for [Guandolo].”
Caruso told the Sun-Sentinel that he was unsure at the time if Guandolo, who apologized to Tellefsen and his parents, would face any form of disciplinary action from the county.
“I should’ve done it a different way,” Guandolo told the Miami Herald. “I hugged [Tellefsen] after and just tried to find ways to get him to compete and he did. He really finished strong and I was proud of him.”