How other places deal with unruly coaches and referees


How other places deal with unruly coaches and referees

Postby bferrari on Wed Nov 13, 2002 11:12 am

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - An assistant coach for Miami of Ohio was released on bail Wednesday after he was led off the field in handcuffs and charged with shoving a fan celebrating Marshall's last-second win.

Defensive coordinator Jon Wauford was charged with battery, a misdemeanor.

Robert Flaugher, a 36-year-old fan from Pickerington, Ohio, was treated and released from St. Mary's Medical Center early Wednesday, spokesman Dan Londeree said.

Flaugher was among thousands of Marshall fans who stormed the field moments after Stan Hill scored from 1 yard with 5 seconds left to give the Thundering Herd a 36-34 victory Tuesday night.

Flaugher hit his head on the artificial turf and was taken on a stretcher to a hospital with a concussion, a police report said. He underwent a CAT scan and had a "pounding headache," his brother, Todd, said from the hospital.

"My brother was jumping up and down, celebrating with the Marshall players," Todd Flaugher said. "He said he was waving goodbye to the Miami players and that one of them threw their mouthpieces at him. He said the next thing he knew, he was in an ambulance."

The 32-year-old Wauford was placed in handcuffs by state police and taken to Cabell County Magistrate Court. He posted bond, but the amount was not immediately released.

Mike Harris, sports information director at Miami, would not say what action the school might take against Wauford.

"Right now we're just trying to gather all the facts and go from there," Harris said. "We should have a statement sometime later today."

Todd Flaugher, 33, said neither he nor his brother used abusive language toward any Miami players or coaches. The brothers were near the south end zone, getting ready to leave the stadium.

"It was a sucker punch, basically," Todd Flaugher said.

On Sept. 19, Kansas City Royals (news) first-base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked during a game against the Chicago White Sox (news). A 35-year-old man and his 15-year-old son were charged.

"This was nothing like that," Todd Flaugher said. "No one touched him."

Todd Flaugher said police led Miami head coach Terry Hoeppner to see Rob Flaugher on the ground.

Witness Matt Riley said he saw the coach "just take his forearm and give him a quick shove. His head looked like it snapped back and hit the turf hard."

Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst was standing near Wauford, who pleaded his case with state police as he was led away.

A message left at Chryst's hotel room in Huntington early Wednesday was not immediately returned.

The frustration of a fifth straight loss to Marshall also boiled over in the Miami coaches box, where a desk was destroyed and chairs were hurled through walls.

With its title hopes dashed, Miami players and coaches left the stadium without talking to the media and RedHawks officials refused to comment on Wauford's arrest.

Wauford was a three-time all-MAC defensive end at Miami of Ohio from 1989-91. He later played the same position for Ottawa and Las Vegas in the Canadian Football League.
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How other places deal with unruly coaches and referees

Postby S_Ringwood on Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:55 am

That kind of reminds me of when a previous head coach here at TMHS was let go for similar reasons
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