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TSSAA upholds suspension of Ensworth coaches for title game


Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) football coach Ricky Bowers and assistant Paul Wade will both miss the Dec. 5 Division II-AA championship game against Memphis University School following their ejections after Friday’s 21-12 semifinal win over Brentwood Academy, TSSAA officials announced Monday.

“According to the officials’ report, both (ejections) were for cursing the officials,” Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress said. “In the case of coach Bowers, it was in the officials’ report that he actually made contact with the official twice.”

The official in question, referee Michael Lloyd of the Memphis-based Mid-South Football Officials Association, also used profane language, Bowers said.

He will not work any remaining postseason games, Childress said.

“There’s no place for it in any situation,” Childress said.

The punishment for an ejection in football is that the player or coach must miss the next game.

Ensworth head of school David Braemer would not comment, saying word had not been received from the TSSAA of any action.

The ejections and suspension are not appealable, according to TSSAA policy.

Maurice Patton also writes for The Tennessean.

 

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