SAN ANTONIO - The temperature of Friday Night Fever just went up a few degrees. Two Central Catholic High School Football coaches have been disciplined in connection with a complaint filed by Antonian High School.
"Yeah, I guess I was a little shocked,” Antoian coach Van Fuschak told News 4 WOAI. “I’ve coached 36 years, and it’s just something you don’t expect.”
Central Catholic High School received notice of the decision from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) District 2 Executive Committee Tuesday. Assistant Coach John Jennings was asked to leave an Antonian football game after Antonian coaches caught him standing on their sidelines, taking notes.
The decision comes after a complaint was filed by Antonian College Preparatory High School.
“Ethically, you do scout kids. You get videos from each school, so you get to watch the whole game anyway,” explained Fuschak. “I don’t know the purpose of it. It would be only to be sure you hear what somebody else does, getting a bird’s eye view. When you’re on the other team’s sideline right with them, it’s probably a little advantage for you.”
Central Catholic Assistant Football Coach John Jennings has been suspended from all football coaching activities for the remainder of the 2011 Football Season. A public reprimand will also be issued to Jennings, and he will be placed on probation through the end of the 2012 Football Season.
A public reprimand will also be issued to Central Catholic Head Football Coach Chris Roberts. Roberts will also be placed on probation through the end of the 2011 Football Season.
"Central Catholic has had a flawless record in its sixteen-year history as a member of TAPPS and a long standing history of maintaining the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship in our athletic programs," said Edward C. Ybarra, Jr., '83, principal of Central Catholic High School. "We take responsibility that a rules violation occurred, whether intentional or not, and support the decision."