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Texas Teens Suspended From Athletics for Rest of Year After Tackling Referee

By Bryan Toporek — October 15, 2015 1 min read

The University Interscholastic League unanimously voted Thursday to suspend two Texas high school football players from athletics for the rest of the year after they appeared to intentionally tackle a referee earlier this fall.

Following a Thursday hearing, the UIL also decided to bar former John Jay High School assistant football coach Mack Breed from coaching any sport for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. During the hearing, Breed confessed to telling players that the referee “needs to pay,” but he denied expressly ordering any players to tackle him.


The players, who did not attend Thursday’s hearing,

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.