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SPORTS: Grundy Co. head football coach suspended for one week

tn-tngchs2-letter-150After an issue with a player during halftime of last week’s game, Grundy County High School head football coach Nick Bryant was suspended from his duties for this week.

Grundy County director of schools, Jody Hargis, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview that the athletic committee had determined the school’s code of conduct was violated by the coach.

The suspension includes being excluded from all activities for this week, September 16th through September 20th, including practice and this Friday’s game at Signal Mountain.

According to the parent of one player, Coach Bryant kicked a garbage can as he entered the locker room at halftime of last week’s loss to Silverdale Baptist Academy. The garbage can struck a player in the face but did not injure him.

The loss to Silverdale dropped Grundy County’s record to 1-3 this season.

Director Hargis told the Times Free Press, “I won’t comment on specifics from last Friday, but no players were injured and there was no intent by any coach to injure a player, the suspension isn’t over just one incident. There were several issues we felt we needed to discuss with Coach Bryant, but this last incident let us know we needed to nip it right now.”

Hargis said that even though he knows there’s a lot of frustration and low morale with the team right now, the coach has to understand he has to follow their code of conduct because coaches are expected to lead by example and are held to a higher standard.

At the time of this story, Coach Bryant has not offered any comments over the suspension.

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