A Florida football coach has been suspended for five games following an ejection during a game last Friday night.
Tom Abel, in his eighth season at Wellington High School, was in ejected in the final minutes of his teams’ 17-6 road win against Forest Hill. He was then suspended for five games, which is the remainder of the season.
The Florida High School Athletic Association says Abel violated Policy 188.8.131.52, which penalizes coaches who commit “an unsportsmanlike act before, during or after a contest.”
The Palm Beach Post reports that the “actions that fall under the umbrella of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but are not limited to, the use of profanity or other inappropriate gestures, continuing to give instruction to student-athletes or the coaching staff following an ejection, and the refusal of a coach or other representative to leave the playing field following an ejection.”
East Coast Football Officials Association president Travelle Northern declined to comment on the specifics of the post-ejection suspension.