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IHSAA levies sanctions against Wayne

Wayne High School and its football program have been hit with some strict sanctions from the IHSAA after the excessive outburst of emotion by some players and coaches in the fourth quarter of the sectional game Oct. 22 against Delta.

After an investigation uncovered rules violations, IHSAA commissioner Blake Ress handed down several sanctions – including the possibility of missing postseason play next season – Friday resulting from the ejection of four players and two coaches in the Generals’ 28-7 loss to the Eagles.

The incident happened because of Wayne’s vocal and physical demonstration against a game officials’ call. It also prompted parents to come onto the field and law enforcement officials to also be utilized.

“It was a pretty ugly situation,” Ress said in a phone interview Friday. “After the fact, I think officials handled it about as well as they could on the sidelines. I feel like we are on track to get it resolved and make sure things like this don’t happen again.

“You just can’t be using profanity toward the officials, and some of the coaches were almost inciting the situation instead of calming it. And parents were coming down toward the field, so I think there is enough blame to go around. I hope we sent a message that this is something we are serious about.”

Included in the punishment were:

  • The Wayne athletic program is placed on probation through the 2011 fall season.
  • After Week 6 of the 2011 football season, a determination will be made whether or not the Wayne football team may participate in the 2011 state tournament.
  • Head coach Kyle Beauchamp is suspended for the first regular-season game of the 2011 season based on Rule 8-3 of the IHSAA by-laws.
  • As determined by the Wayne administration, assistant coach Robert McDonald will receive a more severe penalty than assessed against Coach Beauchamp.
  • Due to the severity of the unsportsmanlike behaviors exhibited, the players who were ejected shall receive a penalty, determined by the Wayne administration, greater than a one-game athletic suspension.
According to a news release from Fort Wayne Community Schools, the school administration must adopt and implement a character building program within the school in an effort to change the current attitudes of student athletes regarding education based athletics and their role as a student athlete. All athletes will be required to participate in this program.

And in all sports, parents will be required to attend a preseason meeting addressing behavioral expectations for them and the children.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.