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  • Coach, Principal, AD Reassigned Amid Hazing Scandal

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    In a public statement Friday, the Chandler Unified School District announced that three administrators have been reassigned from Hamilton High School as an investigation continues into allegations that the men had knowledge of incidents of hazing involving physical and sexual assault and failed to inform authorities.

    According to district spokesperson Terry Locke, parents were informed Friday that principal Ken James, athletic director Shawn Rustad and former football coach Steve Belles "will be reassigned to work in other district-related duties away from the Hamilton High campus" as of Monday.

    “While none of the employees have been charged, it could be some time before the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office decides how it will proceed," Locke told azcentral. "Therefore, to avoid any distraction caused by this uncertainty, the district administration and employees believe that reassignment is the best course at this time."

    Chandler police began in March to document multiple reports of physical and sexual abuse allegedly occurring in the football locker room between the fall of 2015 and January 2017. According to reports, the assaults were part of an initiation ritual between members of the team and freshman players. Six victims have thus far come forward to corroborate the reports.

    In July, police sought charges against James, Rustad and Belles, alleging that the men were aware that the abuse was taking place and failed to report any incidence of abuse to the authorities, and recommending that they be charged with child abuse.

    Three Hamilton student-athletes will face criminal charges, while the district faces a potential loss of $34 million in damages.

  • Forced-Splits Investigation: Administrators Step Down

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    On Friday, Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg released the findings of a legal investigation into the administration and cheerleading program at Denver East High School.

  • Bulk of Ex-Coach's Lawsuit Against District Dismissed

    by Ryan McKinnon September 2017

    Senior Circuit Judge Lee Haworth on Tuesday dismissed seven of eight counts that former Manatee High School football coach Joe Kinnan brought against the School Board of Manatee County...

  • $15M Park Renovation Project on Track for 2018 Opening

    by Ben Calwell September 2017

    Putnam County Parks and Recreation Director Jarrod Dean, who is also acting as project manager on the renovations, said the completed, all-new Valley Park will be a destination facility for sports teams and other groups and will be an economic driver for Putnam County.

  • Predators Target Ex-NFL Players for Concussion Money

    by Jeremy Roebuck September 2017

    One former football player signed away nearly two-thirds of the $1 million he expected to receive under the terms of the NFL's landmark concussion settlement.

  • Former IU Receiver Alleges Mistreatment by Ex-Coach

    by Zach Osterman September 2017

    Coray Keel spent one season at Indiana, a season he said was often defined by verbal abuse, mistrust between himself and his coaches and mistreatment through injury.

  • Editorial: What Economics Reveals About MLS in Charlotte

    by The Roanoke Times September 2017

    Will Charlotte — which already has the NFL's Panthers and the NBA's Hornets — get a Major League Soccer team? Or will it get a Major League Baseball team? Or possibly both?

  • Video: Iowa Prep Coach, QB Comment on Racist Photo

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    Yesterday we ran a story about five football players at a high school in Iowa that had been kicked off their team after a picture surfaced on social media of the boys wearing white hoods while standing next to a burning cross. A confederate flag also featured prominently in the photo and one of the boys was holding a rifle.

  • Lawsuit May Follow High School Players’ Racist Photo

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    Five football players at a high school in Iowa have been kicked off their team after a picture surfaced on social media of the boys wearing white hoods while standing next to a burning cross. A confederate flag also featured prominently in the photo and one of the boys was holding a rifle.

  • Ex-HS Football Coach Wins $200K in Lawsuit

    by Brenda Rindge September 2017

    Former Berkeley High School football coach Jeff Cruce filed a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit in January against Berkeley County School District...