3 coaches off job as allegations grow in Marion football scandal
By Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Images taken from security cameras show Marion County High School assistant football coach Mike Schmitt buying cans of spray paint from a Walmart in Dunlap, TN.
Marion County assistant coach Michael Schmitt instructs the Warrior offense during drills. Photo by Robin Rudd/Times Free Press
Marion County assistant coach Joe Van Gudger. Photo by Robin Rudd/Times Free Press
JASPER, TN (Times Free Press) - What started as a ploy to motivate players and humiliate a rival team before a high school football game led to a series of alleged criminal acts and state athletics violations by the Marion County High School football program.
Early Tuesday afternoon a second Marion County High teacher and assistant coach, Joe Dan Gudger, was arrested and charged with the vandalism at the school's football fieldhouse as well as possession of alcohol on school property. Gudger is the second Marion County assistant coach to be charged with vandalism of $1,000-$10,000, following the arrest of Michael Schmitt last Wednesday.
Other allegations that came to light Tuesday include one Marion County assistant breaking into South Pittsburg's fieldhouse to steal play sheets and the coaching staff bringing in a former college player to practice with the team, which isn't permitted under state rules.
TSSAA officials now are questioning whether Marion County should continue to have a football program.
Friday, August 22 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:35:35 GMT
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